A terrifying apartment complex accident in the Bronx has left a young boy with special needs fighting for his life in a New York hospital. The boy, who is just seven years old, fell roughly 90 feet after somehow squeezing out a ninth-floor window in his apartment at the Bronx River Houses earlier this week.
The accident happened at around 11 AM on Saturday, November 10th. Neighbors were alerted by the mother screaming from inside the apartment. EMS units were called in and arrived within minutes. They had to struggle to reach the boy because of a construction fence around the base of the apartment building. When they reached the victim, they found him suffering from multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center and has already undergone multiple emergency surgeries in an attempt to save his life.
Investigators looking into this terrible apartment complex accident in New York City found that the window in the boy’s apartment did not have any security measures on it. It appears as if the boy squeezed passed a simple piece of cardboard that had been placed in the window. This is a clear violation of New York City rules.
According to New York City codes, apartments in buildings with three units or more must have bars or other security measures on the windows if the unit houses a child of 10-years-old or younger. It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure these safety measures are in place at all times. However, the parents are supposed to notify building management that a child lives in the apartment.
If it’s discovered that building management knew about the boy but failed to install or replace window safety measures, they could be held liable (financially responsible) for this terrible apartment complex accident in New York.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a landlord’s negligence, you need to speak with an experienced apartment complex accident attorney in New York City immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.