Filing A Fallen Tree Lawsuit In New York City
Although large trees are a highly valued feature of the New York area, when they are not properly maintained, they can cause horrific injuries or even death, leading victims and families to file fallen tree lawsuits.
The personal injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, have the expertise and resources to investigate a fallen tree incident and determine who is at fault. We consult with medical experts who can review injuries and estimate the cost of present and future medical care. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine who may be liable, including property owners, the city of New York parks department and more.
Maintenance Of New York City Trees
New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for over 500,000 trees on the streets of the city’s five boroughs, as well as some 2 million additional trees in city parks. Unfortunately, necessary pruning and maintenance tasks are not always done.
Parks department workers complete inspections of up to 50 parks per month. The employees have no special training in tree care and maintenance. In addition to looking for dead or dying trees, each inspection includes assessing the condition of benches, fences and playground equipment; monitoring the disposal of litter, including animal waste and condoms; and evaluating lawns and shrubs.
The Department’s Forestry Division does employ trained arborists, but usually these employees examine trees on-site only after the untrained workers have identified problems. If the front-line workers do not recognize warning signs of disease or decay, the arborists may never inspect the trees at all.
New Yorkers Pay The Price When Trees Are Not Properly Maintained
In July 2009, a rotted tree branch in Central Park fell 40 feet, striking a 33-year-old Google computer engineer in the head. The victim was left paralyzed, with serious brain damage and spinal cord injuries; in 2012, the city paid $11.5 million to him and his family to settle the case.
Fallen tree lawsuits are routinely filed against the city and its parks department in cases like this, and our firm has represented many victims. In several instances, millions of dollars in damages were awarded to victims and their families.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
We encourage anyone who has been injured by a fallen tree or tree limb anywhere in New York City’s five boroughs to contact our firm for a no-charge, comprehensive evaluation of the circumstances of your case.
We will review your legal options and help you decide the best course of action — without any obligation on your part. Call us in Westbury at 800-469-7429 or use our online form to request an appointment.