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Firm Updates from Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP — February 2020

Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP is a civil litigation defense firm with offices in New York and New Jersey. Recently, their attorneys have achieved legal victories and professional success. Read on for some of the latest updates from the firm as of February 2020.

Attorney Kim Townsend Recovered Defense Verdict in Bus Accident

Gray Line Bus Company was represented by Attorney Kim Townsend in an accident claim involving allegations from a pedestrian. The plaintiff claimed that he sustained hip and shoulder injuries when he was hit by one of the company’s buses and was not offered assistance by the driver and tour guide. He demanded $4.8 million in compensation.

The plaintiff’s claims were not supported by witness accounts. A New York County jury ruled in favor of the defense after 30 minutes of deliberation.

Read our blog on this case for more information.

Attorney Richard Gonzalez Featured on “Disasters at Seas”

Attorney Richard Gonzalez was interviewed for “Disasters at Seas,” a documentary program by Smithsonian and the Discovery Channel. Attorney Gonzalez leads the Maritime and Admiralty Practice Group at Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP.

The episode focuses on an October 15, 2003 Staten Island Ferry accident. Attorney Gonzalez responded to the scene while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Marine Investigating Officer.

The episode of “Disasters at Seas,” “Death of the Staten Island Ferry,” aired on the Smithsonian Channel on February 16, 2020.

Summary Judgement Achieved by Attorneys Bryan Schwartz and Krystina Maola in Trip and Fall Case

A New York Presbyterian Hospital employee claimed to have sustained fractured ribs and soft tissue injuries by tripping over a wheelchair lift on an ambulette. The plaintiff claimed that the wheelchair lift was left unattended and “optical confusion” caused her fall.

Attorneys Bryan Schwartz and Krystina Maola argued that the plaintiff should have noticed the wheelchair lift, and that the lift was not hazardous. Rather, the accident was caused by the plaintiff’s own negligence. The claim was dismissed prior to deposition.

Attorney Matthew Levy Obtained Summary Judgement in Injury Case

Attorney Matthew Levy represented a building owner and a manager in an injury case involving a woman who claimed she was injured by a falling tree branch. The plaintiff also sued the City of New York and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Attorney Levy argued that the building owner and manager are not responsible for maintaining trees, and that doing so was the duty of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The case resulted in a summary judgment, achieved pre-deposition. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation was identified as holding exclusive jurisdiction in this case.

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