Imagine walking down the sidewalk one moment and the next being buried under a pile of steel and wood. That’s what happened to a group of pedestrians in SoHo. Indeed, the sidewalk scaffolding accident in New York City disrupted traffic (including subway trains) and left 5 people suffering from a variety of injuries earlier this week. The upset occurred when winds ripped apart a scaffolding erected in front of a building at the intersection of Broadway and Prince in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. The piping and pieces of plywood crashed into the street and covered the sidewalk, blocking traffic and injuring several pedestrians.
At least one person was trapped under the pile of debris and had to be rescued by FDNY responders. All of the injured individuals were transported to nearby Bellevue Hospital with mild to moderate injuries. None of the injuries were life-threatening and everyone is expected to make a full recovery. However, the event was no doubt very traumatic.
Thankfully, the subway station immediately under the scaffolding was fairly deserted at the time else the number of people injured when the construction materials collapsed could have been much higher.
It’s likely that all of the individuals injured in this scaffolding accident in SoHo will try to hold the sidewalk scaffolding contractor and the general contractor in charge of the project responsible for the scaffolding collapse. The injured parties would be entitled compensation for their pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and lost wages for their time out of work. Only a competent and skilled personal injury attorney can push back against the insurance companies and get the injured victims the compensation they deserve.
If you’ve been injured by a scaffolding collapse while walking on the sidewalk, passing by construction sites, or travelling under sidewalk sheds, you need an experienced sidewalk accident attorney in New York City on your side.
Contact The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel immediately. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to schedule your free consultation today.