12-Year-Old Girl Injured In Accident After Falling Through Attic of Watertown Baptist Temple
TOWN OF LERAY, NEW YORK (January 27, 2022) – A 12-year-old girl was seriously injured in an accident after falling through the roof of a Watertown Baptist Temple church.
Jefferson County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday. A girl fell from the attic of Watertown Baptist Temple on State Route 3.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the girl. The girl was airlifted to a hospital with many cuts but was still conscious.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Watertown Attic Falls
Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury for children. According to one report from the Stanford Children’s Hospital, over 2.2 million children are sent to the emergency room every year in order to be treated for fall related injuries. Children under 10 years of age tend to be at the greatest risk. 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 property in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for all people whose presence on a property is reasonably foreseeable. When a property owner is aware of a dangerous condition on their property they must take reasonable measures to correct that dangerous condition. Failing to correct a dangerous condition could form the basis of a negligence claim. There are a many steps that can be taken to prevent accidental falls.
- Areas that could be potentially dangerous should be sealed off.
- Property owners should do periodic maintenance on their property.
- Warning signs should be placed in areas that could be hazardous.
Many victims don’t realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks or months after they are injured. Victims may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, insurance companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for an accident. A premises liability attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Watertown Attic Fall
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the girl injured in this fall. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar accidents.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a fall? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical support that they need to recover. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.