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Client Who Sustained Ladder Fall Injury Shares Experience with Block O’Toole & Murphy

Our client, a 22-year-old, non-union construction worker, was working from a provided portion of an extension ladder that didn’t have rubber foot grips when the ladder slipped from beneath him, causing him to fall, twisting his ankle in the ladder as he fell. Represented by Block O’Toole & Murphy Associate Aaron Fiskin and Partner Stephen Murphy, he received a $3,625,000 settlement.

Video Transcript

“Hi, my name is Victor Cardenas. I’m from Ecuador. I work installing windows. So, two years ago, on August 20, I was working off a ladder. I remember I was on my fifth step and that’s when my ladder kicked back and I slipped from the ladder, falling to the ground about six feet, getting my ankle stuck in between the steps of the ladder. I twisted it and I fractured my ankle.

Once EMTs arrived to the site, I knew I was in a bad position. I was in pain. It was horrible. But I didn’t realize how bad it was until they started cutting up my boot, opening up my jeans. That’s when I realized that my bone was sticking out. At the beginning when I started working with the firm, I was working with Aaron. It was very scary, you know, the fact that I didn’t know who this person was. I didn’t know what guarantees were going to come with this, how he was going to help me with it. Later throughout the months I learned that it was the best choice I did, picking this firm.

I got to Block O’Toole, I was referred by a friend of mine, a very good friend. Then I got in contact with Aaron, and I remember Aaron coming into my home. It was very scary, you know, at first [I was] very nervous. I had a stranger come into my home, I wasn’t in the best condition, and he showed up, he was very nice, very well prepared for everything. He explained, he made everything very clear. The communication we had was perfect. Any questions I had to him, he would answer it. The response time was just perfect. I remember receiving a call from Aaron. He sounded very happy. I remember I was at work and he was telling me how he has such great news for me that we should schedule a meeting as soon as possible. For him to show me the great news he had. He showed me we had a settlement. If I was ever to recommend someone that was in my position a lawyer, I would definitely recommend Aaron. You might look at this guy and think “Is this guy capable of guiding me and taking me through the best steps and helping me?” Yes, he will. He sure will. He did the best with me, and I’m pretty sure he will do the best for you.”

Handling Attorneys

Aaron Fishkin

An Associate at the firm, Mr. Fishkin brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to handling his clients’ cases. Before joining BOM, Mr. Fishkin worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office for 5 years, gaining first-hand courtroom and trial experience handling hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases, including shootings, stabbings, and other serious cases that garnered press attention.

Now, in less than 4 years at BOM, Mr. Fishkin’s dogged pursuit for justice and results has yielded over $30,000,000 in resolutions for his clients.

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Stephen Murphy

A Managing Partner at Block O’Toole & Murphy, Mr. Murphy is an acclaimed trial lawyer who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his cases. Following a successful career as a homicide prosecutor at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Murphy turned his focus to personal injury matters, fighting on behalf of serious injury victims.

Every year since 2011, Mr. Murphy has been named a Super Lawyer, recognizing him among the top five percent of lawyers in the New York Metro Area. Additionally, he’s been selected to the Best Lawyers in America list from 2013 to 2023. In 2022, Mr. Murphy was named Best Lawyers’ 2022 Lawyer of the Year for NYC Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Mr. Murphy’s unwavering dedication to his clients paired with his legal acumen ensures his clients receive the highest level of representation for their cases.

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Learn More About Block O’Toole & Murphy

Block O’Toole & Murphy is a premier New York City personal injury law firm serving New York State and New Jersey. Our skilled attorneys have obtained numerous landmark results on behalf of their clients, including:

  • $110,174,972 jury verdict for a cyclist who was paralyzed when he was struck by a railroad tie that fell from overhead subway tracks
  • $53,500,000 jury verdict for a construction worker who was paralyzed after falling 10-12 feet while attempting to hoist an AC unit to the roof of a building
  • $15,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death case for the surviving family of an HVAC technician who was fatally injured while attempting to remove a 28,450-pound chiller unit

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