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Fallen Tree Incidents in NYC on the Rise

Although large trees are a highly valued feature of the New York area when they are not properly maintained, a fallen tree can cause horrific injuries or even death, leaving victims and families to file fallen tree lawsuits. The personal injury lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, have the expertise and resources to investigate fallen tree cases and determine who is at fault.

Multiple Fractures$4,000,000 Settlement
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A 29 year old woman recovered $4,000,000 when a 25 foot branch broke off an old Elm tree in Stuyvesant Park pinning her to the ground. She suffered multiple fractures and needed several surgeries. The case was taken to trial and the City of NY settled after opening statements for $4 Million.
Traumatic Brain Injury$3,825,000 Settlement
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A 48 year old woman and her family settled down for a picnic under an Elm tree at Wards Island Park in NYC, when a large dead tree branch fell 30 feet landing on her head. The woman was knocked unconscious and suffered Traumatic Brain Injury as well as loss of vision in one eye. During the trial NYC settled the case for $3,825,000
Severe Skull & Brain Injuries$3,875,000 Settlement
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A 48-year-old woman, was severely injured while picnicking on a sunny Memorial Day with her family in Randall's Island Park when a tree limb belonging to a 86' Pine Oak tree suddenly gave way. As a result, the plaintiff was immediately rendered unconscious, bleeding massively from the head and face.
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Our team of attorneys 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

Two recent instances involving fallen trees in New York City have resulted in the death of two individuals.

A warm August day enjoyed poolside turned deadly when a 50-year-old woman in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the bronx was fatally struck by a tree that fell into the water. The victim and another 60-year-old woman were swimming in a pool at the River Terrace Apartments on August 15, 2022. The younger woman was pronounced dead on the scene and suffered major body trauma. The older woman was taken to Allen Pavillion Hospital in critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile, a Brooklyn park-goer was struck by a falling tree branch at Reinald Salgado Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant on August 13, 2022. The limb measured 28-inches in diameter and was last inspected in August 2020.

Contact Us

We encourage anyone who has been injured by a fallen tree or tree limb anywhere in Nassau County, Suffolk County, or New York City’s five boroughs to contact our firm for a no-charge, comprehensive evaluation of the circumstances of your case. We have experience dealing with fallen tree limb injuries.

We will review your legal options and help you decide on the best course of action — without any obligation on your part. Call our Westbury, New York office at 800-469-7429 or use our online form to request an appointment.