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SKETCHES OF COURT: Carpenter sues development, construction firms after accident

May 26, 2015 By Alba Acevedo Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Court sketch by Alba Acevedo
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In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Genine Edwards listens as a witness for the plaintiff gives testimony in the damages phase of the bifurcated labor law trial Martin Nedd v. 44th Street Development LLC and Gotham Construction Co. LLC

The plaintiff, a carpenter, was injured while working at a construction site on the superstructure of a west side Manhattan building in April 2012. As the worker walked across a lattice of nailed perpendicular wooden floor beams called “stringers” and “ribs,” an unsecured rib popped up, causing him to fall through a floor opening.

A coworker is testifying that he reached the dangling, bleeding plaintiff and pulled him up onto the deck. The plaintiff is represented by Stanley A. Tomkiel, III (standing) and co-counsel Matthew Tomkiel (seated, second from right) of the law firm Tomkiel & Tomkiel.

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While the plaintiff alleges serious and permanent injury including mental changes, the defendant’s attorney Jason Beckerman (seated, far right) of the law firm Cozen & O’Connor, remarked in his opening statement that claims of cognitive dysfunction were not supported and the defense will dispute the plaintiff’s contentions. The trial continues this week in Kings County Civil Term. 

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