Richard Marchhart died and Nathalia Medllin Injured In Accident After Step Came Loose And Fell From Fire Escape Outside Building in Soho Section of Manhattan
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (February 17, 2018) – A 24-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man were critically injured in an accident when a step from a fire escape came loose and struck them in Soho while they were walking on the sidewalk near 434 Broadway, at Howard Street .
New York Police Officials have been able to identify the man that died as Richard Marchhart from Garden City and the injured woman as Nathalia Medllin.
New York Police are saying that an engineer was conducting an investigation of the fire escape when a step gave way and fell to the ground.
Witnesses who saw the accident are saying the scene was chaotic and that numerous bystanders were screaming and yelling.
The man and the woman were both laying on the ground following the accident. Both victims were transported to the Bellevue hospital in order to receive treatment for serious injuries. Richard Marchhart was later pronounced dead at the hospital and Nathalia Medllin is still recovering.
The building owner was cited after the accident by the city for “failure to safeguard the building.”
An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
LIABILITY IN ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FALLING OBJECTS
New York Labor Law 240(1) is designed to protect workers and pedestrians in the event that they are hit by falling objects. The law places ultimate responsibility on general contractors and building owners to properly maintain their buildings and make sure they are safe. When a building owner or general contractor fails to keep a building compliant with New York Labor Law 240(1) they may be held liable. Any person that is injured by falling debris may be able to file a claim for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering if a building owner fails to properly safeguard their building.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply concerned to learn about the horrific accident in SOHO that killed Richard Marchhart and left Nathalia Medllin seriously injured. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims as they continue to recover. The owner of this building should step forward and take responsibility for what happened. We sincerely hope that steps are taken to help prevent similar accidents in the future. No person or family should ever have to suffer through something like this.
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