A terrifying apartment accident in the Bronx ends in a “miracle” that had witnesses stunned. A young toddler—just three years old—was at home in an apartment in the Bronx with his mother and sister when he somehow fell out of a window on the fifth story of the building. The boy, who has Down Syndrome, fell four stories before hitting an awning above a ground-level window and bouncing off. Witnesses were stunned to see the boy appear out of nowhere and there was a confused moment caught on surveillance cameras before anyone knew what to do.
The boy’s mother was too distraught to even leave the apartment after determining that the boy had fallen—assuming that he must be dead. Amazingly the boy only suffered a broken leg. He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and was kept overnight for observation.
According to reports collected by media outlets, the landlord of the building confirmed that the window from which the boy had fallen did previously have window guards on it—as prescribed by New York building safety codes—but these guards had been removed prior to the installation of an air conditioner.
Apartment building windows above a certain height must have window guards in place to keep children and other at-risk individuals from fall out and down to the sidewalk below. In this case, those guards were removed and the air conditioner was not in place at the time of the accident. Whether it was the landlord or the super or a private person/company, the party who removed those guards and failed to properly secure the air conditioner or reinstall the window guard, will be held liable for this accident from which the parents on behalf of the child could seek financial compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall out a window, you need the assistance of an experienced apartment accident attorney in New York City. Contact the professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.