In any building, if there is something that appears suspicious about the stability of a balcony or the balcony’s railing, avoid the area until a professional is able to determine the full scale of the problem.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 06, 2013
Inspectors from the New York Department of Buildings and personal injury lawyer David Perecman are warning tenants to stay off their balconies at the apartment building where Jennifer Rosoff, 35, fell to her death. She was leaning on the railing of her 17th floor balcony when it suddenly gave way, reported ABC News.
The apartment building is 400 East 57th Street.
“In any building, if there is something that appears suspicious about the stability of a balcony or the balcony’s railing, avoid the area until a professional is able to determine the full scale of the problem,” said Perecman.
According to ABC News (8.2.13), Rosoff was on a date when she went on her balcony for a cigarette and it gave way. The building department is investigating the accident and trying to determine why the balcony railing collapsed when she leaned on it.
A photo of the balcony where the accident occurred shows the top two metal railings bent down in a V-shape. Buildings officials took part of the broken railing to examine how it could have given way, ABC News reported. The Manhattan high-rise building was built before World War II.
Often, balcony falls result in severe injuries or fatalities.
“Property owners have an obligation to ensure that their building is safe for tenants and their visitors. Unfortunately, there are many incidents of negligence that cause preventable accidents,” said Perecman.
The personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York will thoroughly review the circumstances of a balcony fall to determine the legal right to compensation for the injured victim or his or her family. For more than 30 years, these lawyers have aggressively helped seriously injured people and their loved ones obtain compensation following accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The ABC News story cited is “ Tenants warned to stay off balconies at scene of East Side fatal fall.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury cases, including workplace accidents and slip and fall accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."