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October 2011 Archives

Firm Recovers Medical Malpractice Settlement to Result in $18 Million Lifetime Payout

Block O'Toole & Murphy is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have brokered a substantial $2.3 million settlement for medical negligence. The $2,300,000 settlement, the maximum available under the insurance policy, was used to purchase a structure that will compensate the plaintiff $18,074,933.08 over the course of his lifetime. The case was handled by S. Joseph Donahue and Jeffrey A. Block. 

Construction Worker Dies After Falling from Ladder

A construction worker has died after he accidentally fell through the ceiling of a church on the Upper West Side. An investigation will determine whether the unidentified man, who was standing on a ladder prior to the fall, was electrocuted. The man fell approximately 125 feet and landed in the main aisle of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle at around 9:30 a.m., according to the New York Post. The Manhattan church was being used as a rehearsal area for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, according to officials, and several Rockettes were in the basement practicing at the time of the construction accident fall.

Harlem Scaffolding Collapse Injures 17

Scaffolding fell from a building on West 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem, hitting a bus and injuring 17 people, according to the New York Times. The five-story brick building was being demolished when bricks fell and caused the scaffolding to collapse onto the sidewalk, bus, and street. The vehicle was a Bx15 MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) bus headed west on 125th Street towards the Bronx with about thirty passengers. Police said that eight injured people were brought to St. Luke s Roosevelt Hospital. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.