A decorative stone arch on the top of the front door of a residential brownstone in Brooklyn collapsed on the stoop and destroyed it, prompting the Department of Buildings to evacuate the building. Luckily nobody was around when the accident occurred. Three families living in the building were evacuated and temporarily relocated by the Red Cross. The owner of the building located on Carlton Avenue in Prospect Heights was issued a ticket for failure to maintain the building. The owner was also ordered to immediately install a sidewalk shed to protect pedestrians from further potential collapse and to repair the building.
Building owners in New York City have a duty to maintain their property so they are safe inside and outside
For decades, not only have the premises liability attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf been prosecuting falling debris accidents and other premises liability cases in New York but we have been teaching other lawyers how to properly handle these cases. Our expertise in dealing with falling debris cases is widely known throughout the profession. These cases require substantial knowledge in the field – and must be handled carefully by a firm that has both the talent and resources to achieve success. For years, our attorneys have chaired and participated in continuing legal education programs designed to maximize the recovery for victims of accidents in New York City. Within the last year alone our lawyers obtained record breaking settlements for families who lost loved ones due to such negligence. Recently our attorneys represented the family of a 2-year-old child who was killed when a portion of the façade of an Upper West Side building fell on her. Her grand-mother who was with her at the time of the accident was permitted to receive compensation for the emotional harm suffered during the accident after our attorneys fought the case all the way to the Court of Appeals (Read more here).