- Since 1978 -

A Legacy of Success Built One Case at a Time

At The Frankel Law Firm, we have the deep experience necessary to win the most complex legal cases. We'll fight to help you secure the compensation you deserve

New York Lead Poisoning & Personal Injury Lawyers

The Frankel Law Firm has been helping victims of lead poisoning and serious personal injuries for more than 30 years, and we’re proud of that legacy. During that time, our firm has fought and won precedent setting and landmark cases including having successfully litigated the case which established the regulatory liability of a landlord for childhood lead poisoning in New York City and the liability of a landlord for prenatal exposure of an unborn child to lead based paint.

We have recovered many millions of dollars for the victims of lead poisoning and other serious accident cases. If you or someone you love has been poisoned by lead or injured in a serious accident, please call for a free consultation with our attorneys.

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Mr. Frankel headed my team of lawyers in a very complex wrongful firing dispute. The case lasted several years through hearings, appeals, remand, and involved many issues of contract interpretation, defamation and corporate law, Mr. Frankel never lost sight of the ultimate goal and kept his staff and the other attorneys working on our team focused and on task. He developed the overall big picture strategy of how to win the case while keeping his attention focused on the details, as well. A truly superior lawyer who I would recommend anytime!


Mr. Frankel is knowledgeable, professional, down to earth, and easy to speak to. His team is very accessible and was wonderful to work with. He was recommended to us as brilliant lawyer who gets results and would hold our hand throughout our ordeal, which is exactly what he did. He and his staff were so warm and friendly to us. Nothing was too big or too small for him and they made a difficult ordeal much easier to get through. I highly recommend the Frankel Law Firm.


I went to Michael Frankel, after consultation with other high profile lawyers. All of them refused to take my case, claiming that I could not win. Mr Frankel on the other hand took my case and we won big. I am so grateful to Michael for representing me and recommended him very highly. Anyone who hires him will not regret.


Mr. Frankel and his staff worked tirelessly to succeed on my behalf beyond my expectations. He is thoughtful, kind and most understanding. A true pleasure to deal with.


Michael Stewart Frankel was my lawyer. He handled my case and my children’s case professionally and won our case. He did not stop until we got the money!!!! We had a difficult case but, Mr. Frankel fought till the end. I am very happy with the end result. I would definitely refer him to my friends.


Mr. Frankel is an Excellent Lawyer! He took on my case when my son was diagnosed with lead poison. My son was a little under a year old. The family move around a lot since he took on the case BUT Mr. Frankel NEVER gave up on my son and I. The Case was time consuming but its FINALLY OVER! We Settled a short while ago, My son is now 21 years old.. and we are pleased. I give him 5 STARS!


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Past Verdicts & Settlement

$8 Million

Pedestrian Knockdown

$3 Million

Lead Poisoning

$3 Million

Pedestrian Knockdown

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is legally responsible to maintain New York City sidewalks?

In general, and subject to certain exceptions, it is the responsibility of the owner of a building immediately adjacent to the sidewalk to maintain the sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition free of defects and obstructions.

Are there circumstances where the City of New York is legally responsible to maintain the sidewalks in New York City free of unreasonable defective conditions?


When is the City of New York responsible to maintain a sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition?

The City of New York must properly maintain sidewalks abutting a residential property which is either a one-two- or three family residential apartment building exclusively used as a residence and is owner occupied.

I fell on a sidewalk in front of an owner occupied three family home that is used solely for residential purposes. Who can I sue?

The City of New York is responsible for the condition of the sidewalk abutting a one-two or three family owner occupied building used exclusively for residential purposes.

You can sue the City of New York but be aware that there are certain additional legal requirements which must be proven in order for the City of New York to be legally responsible for your injuries.

What requirements must be met in order to prevail in a law suit against the City of New York when the defective sidewalk is abutting a one-two or three family owner occupied private residential building?

There are several situations which would allow for legal liability to attach against the City of New York, including:

  • The City of New York properly received prior written notice of the defective condition which proximately caused the person to fall.
  • The City of New York caused or created the defective condition which proximately caused the fall.
  • The City of New York utilized the sidewalk for a “special use”.

There are special pleading requirements when suing the City of New York and the need to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accrual of the claim.

I fell because of a defective sidewalk in front of a two-family residence which is owner occupied. The house has a store on the ground floor used by a business. Who is legally responsible for the negligent condition?

A residential building that has a commercial enterprise such as a store operating within the structure is considered a mixed-use building. In such a case, the suit should be brought against the owner of the building who is responsible for the proper maintenance of the abutting sidewalk.

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