A mother and her son were seriously injured in a falling tree limb accident in New York last year. The woman and her three children were strolling through Central Park when a rotten tree toppled over and came crashing down on them. It’s estimated that the 75-foot-tall Elm weighed almost 3,000 pounds. The mother and her two-year old son were both crushed under the tree.
The woman suffered cracked vertebrae in her neck and lives in constant danger of instant paralysis and death. Her son suffered a skull fracture.
Now the family is suing The City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy and several other companies charged with taking care of the tree in Central Park. The victims allege that negligence directly contributed to the falling tree accident in New York and that those entities must be held responsible for the financial impact the injuries and the pain and suffering have caused.
The City is responsible for inspecting tree in Central Park. They are also responsible for removing any potentially dangerous limbs and cutting down rotten, dead, or damaged trees to prevent them from falling on any of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to the city who come to Central Park every year.
If a court agrees that the City of New York failed in its duty to safeguard park goers, it could be ordered to pay financial damages for pain and suffering and lost income.
While this particular case involves liability associated with the City of New York, private property owners can also be held responsible for the trees they have growing on their property. They too are responsible for keeping the public safe from falling limbs.
If you’ve been injured by branches (or entire trees) contact an experienced falling tree limb accident attorney in New York City immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.