Tropical Strom Isaias hit New York City hard last month and residents are still dealing with the aftermath. While recovery from such a storm is difficult in and of itself, when the city drops the ball, that recovery can become even harder. One woman found that out the hard way after a tree limb accident in Far Rockaway caused by the storm left her effectively homeless for more than five weeks.
Thankfully there were no injuries when a massive tree limb came down on the woman’s house during high winds and heavy rain brought by the storm. However, the damage was devastating—punching a hole right through her home.
The homeowner contacted a tree removal service and the offending limb was to be removed within days. However, because of the tight location (between another home and power lines) the tree could not be removed without a specialized crane which required a special permit from the City. The team employed by the homeowner applied for such a permit within days of getting the job and waited for a response. Five weeks later their permit had not yet been approved.
During this time, the woman was effectively displaced and her home was open to the elements.
As you can imagine, having a gaping hole in the roof for five weeks magnified the amount of damage that the initial impact caused. Now the woman is forced to foot a much larger repair bill because the city allegedly dragged its feet in responding to her requests.
Normally tree limb accidents in New York City involve the injured party seeking damages from the property owner for injuries, lost wages, and such. In this case, the woman could potentially file a suit against the City for the extra expenses she incurred due to their tardy response. She could be awarded compensation for increased living expenses and repair costs.
If you’ve been injured by a falling tree limb, contact an experienced tree limb accident attorney in New York City today. Call the legal professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.