Two employees of the city’s Parks and Recs Department were injured in a freak tree limb accident in New York earlier last month. The two city employees were engaged in what the department classified as a “routine clean up” involving removing at least one tree and several problem limbs and other debris when the unthinkable happened-the tree they were working on came crashing down on powerlines. The accident happened in Neptune Park at around 4PM on the afternoon of April 4th. EMTs arrived at the scene within minutes and rushed both victims to a nearby hospital.
Thankfully neither man was electrocuted. Indeed, a Con Ed spokesperson said that the tree landed on what the company considers a secondary powerline-the type of line that delivers the electricity to its final destination (such as a house or apartment building). Such lines regularly carry voltages upwards of 1,000 volts (topping out at 69KV)-enough to easily kill a person.
Thankfully, their injuries were not life-threatening and no electrical burns were reported. One man suffered from an unspecified shoulder injury while the other was listed as having received head trauma.
Under New York City law, trees are the responsibility of the property owner-even if that owner it the city itself. This responsibility includes proper maintenance and inspections of the tree limbs. So, if an individual is injured by a falling tree limb in New York City (or, as in this case, an entire tree) that property owner could be held liable for any injuries suffered by the accident victim.
Such injuries can result in large medical bills, extensive time away from work even life-long disability, permanent limitations of motion of the arm or legs and pain and suffering.
If you’ve been injured by a falling tree limb or unsafe tree, consult with an experienced tree limb accident attorney in New York City without any further delay. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to schedule your free and confidential consultation.