Many of us simply don’t consider the danger lurking above our heads every day in New York City. Loose bricks, steel panels, glass, and tree limbs can come crashing down in an instant leaving very little time to react. Unfortunately, one woman found that out the hard way while walking along a stretch of sidewalk in Midtown earlier this month. The horrifying dangerous premises accident in New York City occurred on 45 W. 34th Street near 5th Avenue on April 18th when bricks fell from on high. Eyewitnesses say the bricks fell from “many stories” above, generating tremendous momentum as they plummeted to earth.
Rescue crews were quick to respond and the woman was taken to nearby Bellevue Hospital with head injuries. Any head injury could potentially cause brain damage and have long-term consequences and extended recovery periods.
Shortly after the accident, the New York Fire Department and NYPD officers blocked off the sidewalk below the building in question. The Department of Buildings was also called in to investigate the cause of the apartment accident in Manhattan.
In similar falling debris accidents in New York City, poor building maintenance has been the root cause. Building owners and/or property managers are expected to regularly inspect their building’s facades for damage, wear, or defects and correct such deficiencies in a timely manner to protect the general public. If they fail to do so, they could be held financially liable for any injuries caused by their negligence.
If it is determined that this latest falling debris accident in New York occurred at an active construction jobsite, the contractor in charge of the work could be held responsible for the victim’s injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by falling debris in New York City, you may have the legal right to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Speak with an expert New York City premises liability lawyer immediately to discuss your case. Contact the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel to schedule your free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122.