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Friday, September 22, 2017

Lawsuit Grows From Fallen Tree in Central Park

Q: Can I sue for injuries sustained in Central Park?

Apparently, money does grow on trees. At least on rotting ones in Central Park.

A New York City personal injury attorney is reportedly filing a $200 million lawsuit against the city and the Central Park Conservancy on behalf of a young mother and her three young sons in connection with a freak tree accident in Central Park in August.

Reportedly, while walking in the park with her one-month-old baby "strapped to her chest" and her two- and four-year-old sons beside her, the active young mom was hit by and pinned underneath a giant elm tree that suddenly snapped and fell on her and the boys. Two boys were "banged up" while another reportedly suffered "a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain". The mother, who was rendered unconscious by the blow is "trying to recover from multiple spine fractures, memory loss, a concussion and…a fractured vertebrae". Currently, she allegedly has "around-the-clock care at home in a hospital bed" and has been ordered by doctors "not to move her neck for three months” because she faces “potential paralysis” if her spine does not fuse.

In order to prevail in a personal injury action, a victim must prove that their injuries were the result of the negligent actions or inactions of another person or entity. In the case at hand, the victim claims the city and the Central Park Conservancy negligently maintained the giant tree, which caused it to rot and weaken, becoming an unsafe “structure” that actually fell and caused the victims’ injuries. Reportedly, representatives from the Conservancy said that while the tree in question had passed inspection in November, 2016, its roots "had been rotting, causing it to fall".

Once liability is established, compensatory damages in a personal injury action may include current medical costs, anticipated future medical and rehabilitation costs, lost income and future income, pain and suffering, property damage and more. In some cases, punitive damages, designed to punish the wrongdoer, may also be awarded.

The timeframe within which to officially take legal action is particularly short, especially when a government or municipality is involved. Therefore, it's important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the accident or you may lose your right to sue at all.

If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of accident, the Goldstein Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent victims throughout New York City and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting here.

 


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