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The Dervishi Law Group obtained a $3,295,582 verdict against the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) on behalf of a 74-year-old Albanian janitor who slipped and fell down an outdoor subway stairway during a rainstorm at the Rockefeller Center subway station in Manhattan. Plaintiff, a Local 32BJ cleaner, was on his way to work at 1185 Sixth Avenue, when he slipped and fell on a step with a loose metal plate and a downward slope. The accident was not reported to the NYCTA. Nonetheless, based on his prior testimony, the NYCTA maintained that the Plaintiff, who testified through an Albanian interpreter, was not holding the handrail, stepped on something “soft” and was rushing to get to work. Although the radiology reports of his first three medical providers indicated that his cervical vertebrae fracture was “old” and “chronic,” his surgeon clarified that the clinical diagnosis and intra-operative findings demonstrated an acute injury. The jury awarded him $350,000 in past medical expenses, $240,000 in past lost earnings, $1,200,000 in past pain and suffering, $255,582 in future medical expenses, $250,000 in future lost earnings and $1,000,000 in future pain and suffering, with no comparative fault.

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At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., our goal is to offer comfort in times of need, unyielding dedication to our clients and their families and to give a sense of trust and confidence that everything possible is being done on your behalf.

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When a life changing accident happens, people need guidance, compassion, honesty and to be able to trust experts in the field of law. The last thing people need is to worry about anything but getting healthy and their lives back on track. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., our goal is to offer comfort in times of need, unyielding dedication to our clients and their families and to give a sense of trust and confidence that everything possible is being done on your behalf. Our clients deserve nothing less.

Insurance companies feed on the lack of knowledge of the public and leave no stone unturned in an attempt to disclaim benefits to which our clients are legally entitled. It is an uphill battle from day one, which is why a call to our law firm must be done immediately after an unfortunate accident occurs.

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This month, the Dervishi Law Group negotiated a $1,650,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 53-year-old, union bus driver who sustained an exacerbation of prior neck injuries when her bus was hit by a van making an illegal turn across five lanes of traffic. Our client received emergency room treatment two days after her accident, beginning a course of orthopedic care and pain management. With the help of her doctors, she was able to return to work eight months later, continuing to work another two years despite the ongoing pain, until she experienced a further exacerbation of her neck injury, necessitating surgery and permanently disabling her from employment. The settlement will provide this single mother with compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the defendant, as well as financial security as she faces ongoing medical expenses without employment. 

Two weeks ago The Dervishi Law Group secured a $2,250,000.00 settlement on behalf of a non-union laborer who sustained permanent injuries to his neck, back and knees at a Jamaica Avenue construction site in Queens. The worker was standing on a pile of castings on the back of a dump truck, rigging the top casting to four chains hanging from a front end loader. With only three of the four chains rigged, the operator of the front end loader lifted the bucket, striking the laborer and knocking him up off the truck and onto the sidewalk below. Although the operator of the front end loader denied that he hit the laborer with the backhoe, claiming instead that the laborer had slipped from the side of the truck, after years of litigation and extensive negotiations, we were able negotiate this 2.25 million dollar settlement on the laborer’s behalf, allowing him to provide some level of financial security for himself, his wife and his young children.


This month The Dervishi Law Group secured a $1,525,000.00 settlement from the City of New York and another defendant for a laborer who sustained back injuries at a Bronx construction site on East 75th Street. The laborer, who was paid in cash, maintained that an un-shored trench in the roadway collapsed, causing him to fall approximately six to eight feet, sustaining his injuries. The general contractor at the site insisted that the trench did not collapse, and testified that he had seen the laborer deliberately throw himself into the excavation. Despite the contractor’s somewhat astonishing allegations, after years of litigation, The Dervishi Law Group was able to negotiate over 1.5 million dollars in restitution for the worker.


The Dervishi Law Group, and attorney Duane Morgan, represented a union carpenter who suffered a fall at work.This carpenter complained to his employer of neck and head pain, but he did not receive medical attention from a doctor. Instead, he continued working light (part time) duty for 7 months.This resulted in the employer laying him off from his job for missing so much work.This is when the union carpenter decided to seek legal counsel.


Almost 3 years after the original injury, the carpenter required neck surgery.Testimony from several doctors claimed his neck problems were degenerative issues.The Dervishi Law Group, along with attorney Duane Morgan, was able to prove differently.This resulted in the insurance company paying the carpenter for his lost wages, as well as, pain and suffering in the amount of $2,200,000.


If you have been injured in a construction accident it is important to have a reputable, knowledgeable, and winning law firm on your side!

If you or a loved one were involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, you should be evaluated by a doctor immediately and contact a qualified accident attorney as soon as possible. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after the accident will increase your ability to recover the largest reward possible. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because accidents don’t wait to happen during business hours. We are in the business of saving lives and livelihoods. Let our attorneys handle everything, while you or your loved one begins to heal.

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