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SoHo Apartment Accident Leads Investigators to Thousands of Defective Fire Escapes

A man was killed in an apartment accident in SoHo last month when a rusty fire escape step broke loose and fell seven stories to the ground. The step struck a gentleman below in the head and killed him. When investigators arrived at the building, they discovered that there were three more steps on the fire escape that were loose and very likely to fall in the near future. In this particular case, the fire escape had been inspected in 2013 and categorized as safe. According to one expert that inspection failed to note serious deficiencies and if completed properly, could likely have saved a life.

Poorly Maintained Stairways are a Safety Hazard in New York City Apartments

Stairway accidents in New York City are not taken seriously. Stairwells are one of the most common locations for accidents within apartment complexes throughout New York City. These common building fixtures become dangerous because the stairways in apartment buildings are ignored by maintenance employees which lead to unsafe conditions. In fact, most safety hazards aren't addressed until an accident occurs.

What to Do If You've Been Injured in a Cracked Sidewalk Accident in New York City

Cracked sidewalk accidents in New York City cause thousands of injuries to unsuspecting pedestrians and passersby, whether you are a young child, active professional and especially if you're a senior citizen. These accidents cause such serious injuries because the person who trips is completely unaware and has absolutely no time or opportunity to brace themselves. What happens is that the full body weight of the person comes crashing down of the body part that accident victim lands on. Falling from standing height can cause broken bones, torn tendons and ligaments, nerve damage and head trauma.

Family Left Homeless After Ceiling Collapse in New York City

A family was left homeless after a ceiling collapse in New York City earlier this month. Sadly, the matriarch of that family was forced to take matters into her own hands after the NYCHA failed to get her loved ones into a new home in a timely manner.

Ceiling Collapse in Brooklyn Injures Two

A ceiling collapse in Brooklyn left two individuals seriously injured earlier this month. The pair were inside an apartment at a New York City Housing Authority property located in Crown Heights when a portion of the ceiling fell. Both of the victims were struck by falling debris. They were assessed at the accident scene and then transported to a nearby hospital by emergency responders.

Building Façade Collapse in the Bronx Leaves One Critically Injured

One person was rushed to the hospital after a partial facade collapse in the Bronx late last month. The unnamed victim was walking along a stretch of sidewalk which passed beneath a building at 391 E. 149th Street at the time of the accident. Witnesses report seeing a large piece of the building's façade break free from a decorative section of molding near the roof and fall from a height of at least six stories before smashing into the sidewalk below.

Faulty Locks Led to Boy's Death in Queens

Earlier this month, a tragic housing complex accident in Queens ended with two generations of one family shattered by the loss of one "very good boy." The 5-year-old victim's parents had left him in the care of his grandparents while they ran a few errands. Unbeknownst to the caretakers, the boy climbed out of a third-floor window and died after falling to the ground below. A preliminary investigation concluded that faulty locks on the bathroom door directly contributed to his death.

Falling Ice Accident in Manhattan Leaves Man with Head Trauma

This winter's abnormal weather has created a variety of hazards for New Yorkers to deal including ice falling from skyscrapers and multi-story buildings. The recent snow storm combined with the temperature fluctuations created the perfect conditions to create ice buildup on the rooves and facades of buildings in New York. And that buildup can be deadly. One man is counting his blessings this week after suffering minor head trauma in a falling ice accident in Manhattan.

Doorman Dies While Shoveling Snow in New York City

A bizarre icy sidewalk accident in New York City has claimed the life of a respected doorman on the Upper East Side. The doorman, 59-year-old Miguel Gonzales, was killed after slipping and falling on the snow-covered sidewalk outside the building in which he worked. Multiple reports state that Gonzales was shoveling snow in front of a building located at East 93rd Street when he slipped on the sidewalk and somehow ended up crashing through a plate glass window. Sheets of such glass can weigh several hundred pounds and have razor-like edges when the pane shatters.

Learn the Right Way to Fall

City sidewalks can be a dangerous place. Every winter hundreds of New Yorkers are sent to area emergency rooms suffering from sprains, deep bruising, broken bones, and worse after slipping and falling on sidewalks. But if you learn a few tips you can learn to fall the right way and minimize your risk of serious injury, lost time from work and medical expenses.

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