A man was chasing his son at Crotona Park in the Bronx at a family affair when he fell. He fell, landing harshly on the ground, where grass was tall and obscured a curb that was between a paved area and the rest of the grass. The man injured his ankle according to a May 2015 New York Law Journal article, and after a closed reduction, he wore a cast and had physical therapy for a period of time. The injured park-goer told the court that he also suffers from pain that prevents him from sleeping Additionally, the man’s expert orthopedist said he might need another procedure and was suffering from residual arthritis. On the other hand, the expert orthopedist for the defense, the City of New York and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, stated the injury to the ankle was only a chip.

The man claimed this was a dangerous condition that the park maintenance people should have fixed during normal maintenance. However, the parks department testified that the grass had been cut five days prior the accident. The parks department supervisor acknowledged that a weed trimmer would have been required to cut that portion of the grass and that a weed trimmer was not used on that particular day because a department employee did not deem the grass to be dangerous.

In the end, the jury delivered a verdict in favor of the man with the injured ankle. He was seeking compensation for pain and suffering as well as future medical expenses and was awarded $1,425,000.

If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have sustained, which may include past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical bills and loss of companionship. You should speak to an attorney as soon as you can after your injury to ensure that there is sufficient time to sue before the statute of limitations runs out and bars you from compensation. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, NY lawyer with over 32 years of experience. He has helped recover millions for his clients. To set up a free in-person consultation, call 718-514-6619. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky.