Man Struck by Ice Falling From Manhattan Building
After a snow storm there is a danger of snow and ice causing slippery coditions. But, hazards may also come from above due to ice or snow falling from building roofs. Building owners have a duty to keep their property in a safe condition, including keeping the sidewalk safe for pedestrians. When a building owner is aware that ice or icicles have formed on building ledges, eaves or roofs, they must remedy the situation to protect pedestrians below. A landlord should take steps to warn pedestrians, block off the sidewalk and/or remove the ice and snow. The failure to do so will result in them being liable for any resulting injuries. Our office recently undertook the representation of one genteleman who was struck by ice falling from a midtown Manhattan building. You can read and hear more about the incident which was reported on NBC News and many other media outlets. Link to CBS story about man injured by ice falling from a building
Attorney Marc Miner was quoted by CBS News as follows: “Buildings are required to make sure pedestrians are safe. They need to take reasonable precautions and we’re here to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.” Other news outlets reporting on the story were: Story on dnainfo Story on ABC News Story in the NY Post Story on Fox News
As discussed, New York Personal Injury Attorney Marc Miner of Zalman Schnurman & Miner will be bring a lawsuit against the owners and operators of the building to mak sure the injured party is compensated for his injuries and that no one else is injured by the building owner's failure to act.