A terrifying apartment accident in New York City left a young child struggling to survive in an area hospital earlier this month. The child—just six years old—fell out a window on the third floor of an apartment building on Vyse Avenue in the Bronx on the evening of October 15th. EMTs rushed to the scene of the fall after receiving a call at around 10:30 PM. They found the young boy on the ground outside the building and rushed him to nearby Jacobi Hospital.
According to media reports, the victim suffered what were classified as “minor injuries” including a laceration to his head. He was listed in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
This apartment accident in the Bronx comes on the heels of similar fatal accident that claimed the life of a three-year-old. In that case, the victim fell from an apartment window in Harlem and did not survive his injuries.
As these two accidents show, children are at a much higher risk of fall-related accidents in apartment houses and complexes across the city. New York City does have regulations in place to safeguard those at-risk populations, including requiring apartment owners to install and maintain window guards, stops, and anti-fall devices such as screens or bars on all windows above a certain height.
If the investigations into these two back-to-back apartment accidents in New York City find that these safeguards were not in place, or that they were improperly installed or maintained, the victim’s family members could hold the landlord liable for the injuries sustained by the infant children.
If you or a loved one has been injured after falling through an unprotected window, contact an experienced New York City apartment accident attorney as soon as you are able. The skilled professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to which includes pain and suffering and unpaid medical expenses. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.