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27 February 2014

When The Snow Melts: Personal Injury From Falling Debris

The brief relief from the long snowy winter in the form of recent warmer temperatures hints of the coming spring along with the danger of personal injury from falling debris. This is especially true in New York City. The recent warmer temperatures caused ice that accumulated on buildings to melt and thaw and come crashing to the ground. If you’re involved in this type of accident, you may want to consult a New York City personal injury lawyer.

When Snow & Ice Fall

Two recent examples of this danger have recently occurred. In the first case, an eye witness shot a video of ice and snow falling from the still under construction One57 building. The eye witness stated that the snow and ice were falling from the top of the building for about two hours on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The snow and ice were hitting cars and buses as they passed by, as well as the ground in front of the building. As a precaution, construction workers blocked off access to the cross walk in front entrance of the building to prevent any pedestrians from sustaining a personal injury from falling debris.

Even more recently, the streets around 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, were closed when sheets of ice were seen shearing from the face of the 1,776 foot structure, turning them into potentially deadly fast moving projectiles. The ice falling from the building forced the closure of a nearby street as well as the entrance to the underground PATH train that links New York with New Jersey. The Port Authority has attempted to rectify this danger by removing the accumulation of ice that formed on the 1 World Trade Center and on an external construction hoist that stretches from the ground to the 90th floor. If you have fallen victim to falling debris such as ice and snow, you may need to consult with a New York City personal injury lawyer.

What To Do Next

When it comes to ice and snow falling from buildings, the Department of Buildings stated that property owners are legally responsible to clear snow and ice from their buildings when they can, and have started to issue citations with a standard penalty of one thousand ($1000.00) dollars for those failing to do so. If you or a loved one is struck by falling snow and ice from a building, the first call you should make is to the law firm of Lipsig, Shapey Manus & Moverman, the premier New York City personal injury lawyers. We have the experience and skill to obtain compensation for your injuries as a result of the falling snow and ice.

How Lipsig Can Help If You’ve Been Injured

Lipsig, Shapey Manus & Moverman is located at 40 Fulton Street New York, New York 10038. Call us toll free at 1-800 566-6994 or fill out a contact form today, for a free case evaluation and consultation. We will come to your home or hospital if you are injured.

Remember, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay a cent until you receive compensation, at which point you are charged a percentage of the settlement. If you’ve suffered because of a personal injury from falling debris, then there is no reason not to consult with us. There is no fee for our services unless a recovery is won.