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.
It’s unclear whether the victim was actually struck by the falling concrete or whether they were injured by shrapnel created by the impact of the concrete on the pavement. However, the individual was taken from the scene by ambulance to Lincoln Hospital where they were listed in critical condition. At least two other pedestrians walking along the same sidewalk were injured as well but those victims were assessed at the scene and released.
The building façade collapse in New York choked morning rush hour traffic after officials blocked off the street immediately in front of the building and reduced the speed of trains running near the Third Avenue-149th Street Station to prevent further crumbling of the already weakened façade.
The building is a vacant commercial property. The owners were cited by the Department of Buildings for “failing to maintain a structure.” In many such façade collapses in New York, the owner can also be held financially liable for any injuries caused by their negligent disregard for the safety of pedestrians below.
If you’ve been injured by a crumbling building facade, contact an experienced premises liability lawyer in New York immediately. The professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel will get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills and lost time from work. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.