The widower of a woman who was killed in a façade accident in New York City has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the owner of the building from which the debris fell. The woman was killed in December of last year when a piece of masonry broke free from the façade of a building located along Seventh Avenue. The building owner could be ordered to pay the victim’s spouse a significant amount of money.
The lawsuit filed by the victim’s family alleges that the building owner knew about existing defects in the building’s structure and did nothing to fix the issue or to keep pedestrians out of harm’s way on the sidewalk below. The lawsuit is also seeking damages against the City of New York because it had issued several violations against the company for façade defects but failed to follow up or demand that the structure be secured.
The fact that the company appeared to know about the defects and did not to fix them proves negligence. Building owners have a responsibility to protect pedestrians from falling debris and must regularly inspect and repair the building facades in NYC. Failure to do so demonstrates negligence
Typical lawsuits such as these seek damages for pain and suffering for the period of time the victim survives after the accident and if the victim was working, funeral expenses, unpaid medical and hospital bills and the amount of money the victim would had contributed to the household over the victim’s work life expectancy.
While no amount of compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, the financial package awarded to the surviving family members will not only provide reimbursement of the out of pocket expenses but will also provide some measure of consolation and vindication of the loss.
If you’ve been injured by falling debris, and want to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, contact an expert façade accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.