In New York City, we never think of the sidewalk beneath our feet as being a potential safety hazard. Sure, many of us have tripped and fallen over uneven flagstones or cracked paving. While some injuries from such falls can be serious, most are relatively minor. However, would the same be said if the sidewalk beneath your feet suddenly gave way? That’s exactly what happened during a terrifying sidewalk accident in the Bronx earlier this month.
FNDY firefighters were called to the intersection of 3rd Avenue and East 183rd Street on October 24th after an individual called 911 to report a man had been injured. When the firefighters arrived, they found the victim, a man, lying at the bottom of a 15-foot-deep hole in the sidewalk. He had been walking along when the pavement beneath his feet simply crumbled and fell away.
He was transported to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital where he was listed in serious but stable condition.
Investigators from the Department of Buildings arrived at the scene of this sidewalk accident in New York City and immediately uncovered the root cause of the fall. A sidewalk vault attached to a nearby building had been allowed to fall into disrepair and the pavement above it had failed. The DoB immediately issued an order to vacate the building and demanded that the owner install a construction barrier to keep pedestrians away from the potential hazard.
New York City premises liability law requires that building owners regularly inspect, repair, and maintain their properties in order to keep their residents and the public at large reasonably safe from harm. The injured victim could very well seek compensation from the building owner adjacent to the sidewalk vault for his pain and suffering, unpaid medical expenses and lost time from work.
If you’ve been injured by a defective sidewalk vault, you need the professional help that only an experienced sidewalk accident attorney in New York City can provide. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel today at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.