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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

New York City Rooftop Party Dangers

Q: Can I sue for injuries at a rooftop party?

After over a year of lockdowns, New York City is open and people are gathering and celebrating again. Rooftop parties are back in full force--and so are the dangers that come along with them.

The temptation of rooftop parties is real. Fabulous city views, lush plants, casual seating, string lights, grilled food, friends, music, and alcohol. It’s the stuff many millennial dreams are made of. But for one family recently, it is also the stuff of nightmares.

A woman in her mid-twenties recently fell to her death while allegedly trying to climb between two rooftops in the East Village during a birthday party. Alcohol was reportedly involved.

Who is responsible for rooftop party injuries or death?

New York City personal injury lawyers help those who are seriously injured (or the families of those killed) obtain compensation when the victim’s injuries were caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity. Even if the victim appears partially to blame, they may be entitled to damages, depending on their particular case.

When can landlords be sued for personal injuries?

In New York, landlords have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for residents and others who enter upon them. We often think of landlords’ and property managers’ responsibilities to prevent slip, trip and fall injuries in the context of accidents on wet floors and cracked sidewalks in and around the building. But there are many other scenarios where arguments can be made that property managers knew or should have known of a dangerous situation on their property and failed to take necessary precautions to keep people on site safe.

The lack of safety precautions and monitoring of “dangerous, overcrowded or mismanaged” rooftop parties has given rise to personal injury and wrongful death litigation as well as proposed new legislation to address the dangerous and recurring problem.

What kinds of compensation can a personal injury victim recover?

A skilled personal injury attorney can advise whether a claim exists after careful review of the particular facts of each case. If successful in a personal injury lawsuit, compensatory damages may include current and future lost income, current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more depending on the situation. In wrongful death case, the victim’s closest relatives may be entitled to compensation related to their specific financial and emotional losses from the victim’s death. In addition, in particularly egregious situations, punitive damages-- designed to punish the responsible party and ensure such injuries never happen again-- may be awarded.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has been killed, at a rooftop party or in any other accident, the Law Office of Ryan S. Goldstein can maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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


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