Nassau County Jury Awards $5.1M to Injured Roofer

On March 22, 2022, I secured a verdict of $5,100,000 from a Nassau County jury, for a 47 year old roofing mechanic who suffered an intra-articular pilon fracture of his ankle joint in an 8 to 10 foot fall from an unsecured ladder while repairing the roof of a commercial establishment. Liability against the owner and lessor of a car dealership in Amityville (where the accident occurred) was established before the damages trial, by motion based on a violation of the NYS Labor Law governing worker safety.

At the time of the accident the roofer was 40 years old and was the sole financial support for a family of three. Due to the ladder accident, the plaintiff shattered his right distal tibia and fibula bones requiring three surgeries over the next 3 years to: install and later remove an external fixator; and, to install and later remove screws and plates. He was diagnosed with progressive osteoarthritis of his tibiatalar joint and will require a fusion of that joint further worsening his antalgic gait (limp). He will never be able to work in the construction field again and is now employed as a delivery driver at a greatly reduced annual wage. The award included $2M for pain and suffering and over $3M in lost wages and medical expenses based on the testimony of an economist and physiatrist. Karasu v. Security Auto Sales, Inc., Nassau County, Supreme Court, Index # 4428/2016

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts " and "Top New York Settlements." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He was a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!


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