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.
On January 14th, the ceiling at a NYCHA apartment in the Weeksville Gardens housing complex in Brooklyn came crashing down atop Tricia Jeter’s son and a family friend. Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital suffering from unspecified injuries. While there has been no official statement from NYCHA about the cause of this frightening ceiling collapse in Brooklyn, Mrs. Jeter says that the organization ignored her complaints about water leaking from above for over a year.
Making matters worse, NYCHA has been dragging its feet rectifying the situation. Indeed, it was only after Mrs. Jeter demanded that they keep the promise made by Mayor DiBlasio to get her a new, safer apartment that officials at the organization even scheduled her to see new homes.
A week after this terrifying ceiling collapse in New York City, the family is still living on a day-to-day basis unsure of where or when they’ll finally find a new home. The family hopes that the increasing media coverage will accelerate the process.
There are private apartment buildings and NYCHA housing units that are older and in disrepair. Sometimes, maintenance complaints are so far backlogged that terrible and avoidable accidents occur before the problem is fixed. Ceiling collapses, stairwell accidents and elevator accidents are just some of the more common accidents that occur in apartment complexes in New York City.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of improper or lack of repairs at a NYCHA housing unit or private apartment complex, you need to speak with an experienced apartment complex accident attorney today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to get the help you need fast.