A shocking façade accident in New York City last this month sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries. The victim was walking along the sidewalk in front of a small grocery store located in Brooklyn when a significant portion of the building’s façade broke free and tumbled to the street below. The man was crushed by the falling masonry, suffering severe head trauma.
The accident happened around three on the afternoon of July 23rd at 1412 St. John’s Place. EMTs arrived at the scene of this terrible façade accident and stabilized the man before rushing him to nearby Kings County Hospital. He was listed in serious but stable condition after doctors identified a serious skull fracture in addition to injuries to his ribs and shoulder.
The entire accident was caught on security camera footage—footage that could be used as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim filed by the victim after he leaves the hospital.
Under New York City premises liability law, building owners have a duty to inspect their building’s façade on a regular basis and make necessary repairs. If they fail to act reasonably in maintaining their building so as to prevent an individual being injured by falling debris, they could be held liable for any losses incurred by an injured accident victim. There is also the issue of fines being levied by City agencies.
Victims can seek compensation for pain and suffering for injuries they sustained both emotional (mental anguish after incurring such a terrifying accident) and physical, medical expenses, lost time from work and out of pocket expenses related to the accident.
If you’ve been injured by falling bricks, masonry, decorative embellishments or any other portion of a building’s structure, you too could be awarded compensation for your injuries. Speak with an expert building façade accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122.