A two-year-old boy died late last month after falling out of a sixth-story window at an apartment complex in Brooklyn. This tragic apartment accident in New York City happened on September 25th around 11 AM at the Linden Plaza apartments on Eldert Lane in Brooklyn. Neighbors and the boy’s parents were alerted by screams and EMS crews were called in immediately. They arrived within minutes and rushed the boy to nearby Brookdale Hospital but his injuries proved too severe for him to overcome.
Details surrounding this terrible apartment accident in Brooklyn are still coming to light but it appears as if the boy’s parents were in another room in the apartment at the time of the fall. It’s unclear if they had left the window open of if the toddler somehow managed to open it himself.
Regardless, an investigation into this tragedy uncovered a massive safety violation in the unit. The windows in the apartment did not have window guards-which are mandated by New York City code for apartments in which children under the age of ten are living. These guards are designed to keep windows from opening far enough for a young child to accidentally fall out.
It’s unclear at the moment whether the guards had not been installed or if someone other than the landlord had removed the guards. In the event, the window guards were removed by someone other than the landlord, an investigation should be conducted to determine who removed the guards and for what reason.
Regardless of whether the landlord failed to install these necessary safeguards or they were removed by another third party, the child’s parents could potentially sue those individuals to seek compensation for pain and suffering for period of time the toddler survived after the accident and for funeral expenses.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a landlord, you need an experienced apartment accident lawyer in New York City fighting for your rights. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 without any further delay.