Two-Year-Old Injured In Morrisania, Bronx Accident After Falling From Window at Forest Houses NYCHA Apartment Complex
THE BRONX, NEW YORK (November 14, 2021) – A two-year-old was seriously injured after falling from a 9th story window at the Forest Houses New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartment building.
New York City police officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:30 p.m. on Friday November 12th. The boy fell from a window where an air conditioner was or would normally be placed.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the Forest Houses NYCHA apartment complex. Despite not having anything to cushion his fall from the 9 story drop, the boy survived the fall and was taken to Harlem Hospital.
A full investigation into what may have led up to the accident remains ongoing at this time. This accident at Forest Houses NYCHA comes just one month after a 3-year-old child died after falling out of a Manhattan apartment window.
Liability In Bronx Window Fall Accidents
Falls are one of the leading cause of serious injury for children in the United States. According to one report from the Stanford Children’s Hospital, “It is estimated that more than 2.2 million children ages 14 and under are treated annually at hospital emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. More than half of fall-related injuries among children occur among ages 4 and under.” Victims of fall accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord Injuries
- Organ damage
Property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This is especially true in apartment units that house children under 10 years of age. Falls from windows are a known hazard and building owners must take reasonable measures to help keep children safe. This includes installing window guards which is required by law. When a property is in a dangerous condition property owners must take measures to correct the dangerous condition.
According to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, “In all buildings with three or more apartments, New York City (NYC) law requires that building owners install window guards if a child age 10 years or younger lives there, or if the tenant or occupant requests window guards for any reason.” Failing to install window guards could expose a building owner to a legal claim if a child is injured or killed. There are a number of requirements that window guards in New York City must comply with.
- Window guards must be made of a rigid metal and be at least 15 inches tall.
- The gap between window guards must be no more than 4 1/2 inches.
- In units where a child under 10 lives, AC units must be permanently and securely installed.
- Window guards must be installed with one-way screws.
The family of any child that is injured in a window fall may be able to seek financial support through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In many situations, victims may not realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after an accident. When a child is injured, they will likely need to be examined for years to determine the severity of their injuries. A New York City personal injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bronx Window Fall Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the injured child and his family involved in this accident at the Forest Houses NYCHA complex. It is our sincere hope that he will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. Did this unit have window guards? Was there an air conditioner in this unit? If so, was it properly installed? Could this accident have been prevented? The vast majority of window fall accidents involving children are totally preventable.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in the Bronx? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to protecting victim’s rights and ensuring that property owners are doing everything in their power to protect residents. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.