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Scaffolding Accident in Soho Leads to DOB Investigation and Fines

A temporary sidewalk accident in New York City last year led the Department of Buildings to investigate the shoddy work of the engineer who designed the shed (which collapsed onto several pedestrians in a minor wind storm in November). The primary sidewalk accident left several people seriously injured including a model who required ongoing rehabilitation for serious spinal injuries.

Crumbling Façade in Manhattan Injures Elderly Pedestrian

An elderly man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in an accident involving a crumbling façade in Manhattan earlier this month. The 72-year-old man was walking along the sidewalk near the intersection of First Avenue and East 57th Street on the Upper East Side on the afternoon of May 11th when several bricks broke free from the façade of the building located there. The bricks tumbled multiple stories, broke through a protective sidewalk shed put there to protect pedestrians, and

Unguarded Window Accident in Queens Leaves Toddler Seriously Injured

A two-year-old girl was seriously injured in an apartment accident in Queens earlier this month. The young girl somehow fell out the second-story window of an apartment and tumbled twenty feet to the ground below. Had she landed on the pavement below, she may have been killed instantly but, thankfully, she landed on a padded wooden doormat. It was just enough to break some of the momentum of her fall and likely saved her life. EMT's rushed the little girl to a nearby hospital where she was held for observation to ensure she wasn't suffering from unnoticed internal injuries or traumatic brain injury.

Is Your Landlord's Disregard Liable to Cause an Apartment Complex Accident?

Bad landlords should be held responsible for any apartment complex accident in New York City that their negligence contributes to. The law requires that these individuals and corporations maintain reasonably safe and secure housing for every resident. However, as The New York City Public Advocate's Worst Landlord Watch List indicates, many of these poor landlords allow repeated safety violations to occur; let buildings fall into disrepair, and fail to respond to complaints about potential hazards in a timely fashion.

SoHo Apartment Accident Leads Investigators to Thousands of Defective Fire Escapes

A man was killed in an apartment accident in SoHo last month when a rusty fire escape step broke loose and fell seven stories to the ground. The step struck a gentleman below in the head and killed him. When investigators arrived at the building, they discovered that there were three more steps on the fire escape that were loose and very likely to fall in the near future. In this particular case, the fire escape had been inspected in 2013 and categorized as safe. According to one expert that inspection failed to note serious deficiencies and if completed properly, could likely have saved a life.

Poorly Maintained Stairways are a Safety Hazard in New York City Apartments

Stairway accidents in New York City are not taken seriously. Stairwells are one of the most common locations for accidents within apartment complexes throughout New York City. These common building fixtures become dangerous because the stairways in apartment buildings are ignored by maintenance employees which lead to unsafe conditions. In fact, most safety hazards aren't addressed until an accident occurs.

What to Do If You've Been Injured in a Cracked Sidewalk Accident in New York City

Cracked sidewalk accidents in New York City cause thousands of injuries to unsuspecting pedestrians and passersby, whether you are a young child, active professional and especially if you're a senior citizen. These accidents cause such serious injuries because the person who trips is completely unaware and has absolutely no time or opportunity to brace themselves. What happens is that the full body weight of the person comes crashing down of the body part that accident victim lands on. Falling from standing height can cause broken bones, torn tendons and ligaments, nerve damage and head trauma.

Family Left Homeless After Ceiling Collapse in New York City

A family was left homeless after a ceiling collapse in New York City earlier this month. Sadly, the matriarch of that family was forced to take matters into her own hands after the NYCHA failed to get her loved ones into a new home in a timely manner.

Ceiling Collapse in Brooklyn Injures Two

A ceiling collapse in Brooklyn left two individuals seriously injured earlier this month. The pair were inside an apartment at a New York City Housing Authority property located in Crown Heights when a portion of the ceiling fell. Both of the victims were struck by falling debris. They were assessed at the accident scene and then transported to a nearby hospital by emergency responders.

Building Façade Collapse in the Bronx Leaves One Critically Injured

One person was rushed to the hospital after a partial facade collapse in the Bronx late last month. The unnamed victim was walking along a stretch of sidewalk which passed beneath a building at 391 E. 149th Street at the time of the accident. Witnesses report seeing a large piece of the building's façade break free from a decorative section of molding near the roof and fall from a height of at least six stories before smashing into the sidewalk below.

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