A displaced family who was staying with a friend now finds itself without a home once again after a bizarre apartment accident in Manhattan. The individuals were forced out of their own apartment when a pipe burst in the floor of their unit, flooding their living space. While waiting for the landlord to make the necessary repairs so they could return to their home, they were staying with a family friend in the same building. However, after torrential rains brought on by Hurricane Ida, that apartment is no longer an option either.
In the height of the storm, a nearby parking garage partially collapsed, send debris and an automobile smashing into (and partially through) the side of the apartment building. Now, serious repairs are needed to ensure the structural stability of the building and major cosmetic repairs must take place before either the family or the helpful neighbor can live in their own spaces again.
While storms happen and you cannot predict the wrath of mother nature, buildings in New York City must adhere to strict guidelines which were created to ensure the structures can withstand a range of extreme conditions. When those structures fail (and buildings collapse) investigators are called in to see if the structure’s original design and the work of the construction crews involved met those guidelines.
Failure to meet those requirements can often amount to negligence—failure to perform your duty as outlined by local, municipal, state, or federal regulations or to act as a prudent building owner would under the circumstances. In cases where negligence contributed to serious property losses, injuries, or emotional trauma, victims can seek compensation for their injuries and losses. However, getting that compensation after an apartment accident in New York City can be difficult and often requires that the victim consult with an experienced attorney.
If you’ve been injured because of neglect and feel you have the right to collect compensation, contact the professional New York City apartment accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today.