Alexander Keating “AJ Keating,” of South Amboy, Critically Injured After Falling From Balcony at Hyatt Regency Long Island Hotel In Hauppauge
HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK (May 30, 2022) – A 24-year-old U.S. Coast Guardsman identified as Alexander Keating “AJ Keating” was injured in a balcony fall accident at Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge.
Suffolk County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 12:45 a.m. Monday, May 23. Alexander Keating fell from a ninth-floor hotel balcony onto the ground below.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. The man was taken to a Long Island hospital in critical condition.
Alexander Keating had just re-enlisted for another six years with the Coast Guard. A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Hotel Balcony Fall Accidents
Balcony falls are far more common than many people realize. According to one study published in Science Direct, “An estimated 86 500 (95% confidence interval [CI], 68 400-104 600) balcony fall–related injuries were treated in US hospital EDs from 1990 through 2006; 70% of cases were male; 63% were adults (≥18 years old); 94% of injury events occurred at home; 24% of patients were hospitalized; and 8 patients died.” Victims of balcony falls tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
The owner of a hotel could potentially be liable if someone falls from one of their balconies. Property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the protection of all persons on a property whose presence is reasonably foreseeable. When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition with their property, they must take measures to correct the dangerous condition. There are a number of ways that a balcony could be in a dangerous condition.
- A balcony railing may be an insufficient height. The New York Department of Buildings requires balcony railings to be a minimum of 42″.
- The balcony railing may have been loose and allowed someone to fall through.
- The floor of a balcony may have been slick which allowed someone to slip and fall.
Any person that is injured in a balcony fall may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, hotel owners will do everything in their power to deny liability for any person that is injured on their property. A premises liability attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Hotel Balcony Fall Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Alexander Keating as he continues to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that measures will be taken to prevent other tragedies at this location.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a hotel balcony fall accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.