$2,300,000 For Brooklyn Man in Ceiling Collapse


Brooklyn Supreme


Block O'Toole & Murphy trial lawyers Jeffrey A. Block and S. Joseph Donahue recently persuaded an insurance company to pay $2,300,000 to settle a claim for a 27 year-old Brooklyn man who was injured when the ceiling of his bathroom collapsed. The ceiling collapsed after the landlord negligently failed to fix the bathroom ceiling that had sustained water damage due to a leak in an upstairs apartment.


The young man suffered a neck injury that resulted in the need for a neck surgery, a one level cervical discectomy and fusion. While the man had suffered a neck injury three years earlier in a motor vehicle accident, Block and Donahue argued that the ceiling collapse caused the pre-existing herniation in his neck to worsen, thus requiring surgical intervention. The surgery was successful and the Plaintiff was able to resume many of his normal activities, including seeking employment.

The settlement came as firm partners Block and Donahue were about to begin jury selection in Brooklyn Supreme Court.