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Piece of façade falls, leading to fatality in New York City

Construction work and maintenance is an everyday occurrence in any large city, but our state seems to have more of these projects that anywhere else. While it is necessary, there is still danger when they are ongoing. Many issues can lead to a dangerous situation and people might be seriously injured and lose their lives because of lapses in safety or the failure to address known issues. People who have been affected by falling objects, dangerous property conditions or other examples of violations related to premises liability should know how to recover compensation in a lawsuit.

For example, recently, a woman, who was walking in Times Square, died when a portion of a façade hit her on the head. The woman, 60, was later identified as a prominent architect. The accident happened in mid-morning. Emergency crews arrived at around 10:30 a.m. They were unable to revive her, and she was declared dead at the site of the accident. Unfortunately, this is not the first issue with this building.

In April, the Department of Buildings (DOB) issued a warning that there was the chance of this type of accident happening. In its report, the DOB stated that there were several violations. One specifically mentioned was that the façade was not maintained properly and that it was a falling hazard. The owner received a fine. It was paid, but the case stayed open because there was no proof provided that the owner had made the necessary repairs. The investigation is continuing.

Dangerous property conditions are the responsibility of the owner. When they are not fixed and people are injured or lose their lives, it is important for the victim or the victim's family to understand how to seek compensation. With medical expenses, lost wages and the long-term damage that can accompany injuries, a legal filing might be needed. When there is a fatality, it is also imperative to consider a lawsuit for the financial, emotional and personal affect.

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Michael J. Gaffney, Attorney at Law
1164 Victory Blvd.
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