Building Facade Accidents In New York
Increased Danger in Vertical Neighborhoods
With over 7,000 high rise buildings taller than 115 feet in the city, chances are you’re walking beneath a towering construction of stone, concrete, steel, and glass. Manhattan and Brooklyn contain much higher percentages of these skyscrapers-132 of which stand more than 600 feet in the air.
Too many of them harbor defects, damage, or dilapidation. Whether caused by improper building practices, age, weather, or faulty workmanship, these defects can be deadly. Every year a handful of these facades send chunks of masonry and ornamental stone hurtling toward the sidewalk below.
Life-threatening Injuries Caused by Being Struck by Falling Debris
The most common types of injuries inflicted upon pedestrians in building façade accidents in New York City are head injuries. Traumatic Brain Injury can have lifelong effects even if the victim survives the initial trauma.
Injuries to the shoulders/arms and back are second-most common. The weight of stone and concrete debris broken free from the building can cause terrible crushing injuries to these body parts.
Who is Responsible for Building Façade Injuries in New York City?
Specifically, Local Law 11 requires that every building façade in New York City over 6 stories tall be inspected by a certified engineer every 5 years to spot dangers like:
- Loose bricks and decorative adornments
- Façade separation
- Rust, crumbling, and other signs of deterioration
Even before 5 years, if a building owner fails to take reasonable steps to keep the façade safe and falling debris causes injury or death, the building owner would be responsible for a victim’s injuries, medical expenses and lost time from work.
Building Façade Accident Lawsuits in New York City
If you or a loved one has been injured in a building façade accident in New York City, the best course of action is to consult with an experienced building façade accident lawyer as soon as possible. Only an experienced attorney can get you the compensation you deserve and be there for you to guide you through the complicated compensation process.
The legal professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel have decades of experience helping injured New Yorkers get on the path to financial recovery. Call 212-385-1122 for a free consultation right now.