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Boy Falls Into NYC Sewer – Negligence and Personal Injury Claims

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Premises Liability

On behalf of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP

Brooklyn officials and public infrastructure workers are looking at safety for local sewer systems, after a 10-year-old boy fell into a manhole in a Borough Park neighborhood.

The New York Daily News reported January 14 on the incident that occurred that morning. According to reports, the steel manhole somehow weakened and gave way, and the boy fell about 20 feet into water. Experts noted that the lack of high water volume and velocity helped to prevent the victim from being washed away into the sewer system. Reporters also noted that the boy slowed his descent by making contact with the sides of the tunnels. Verizon workers rescued the boy.

Personal Injuries and Public Infrastructure Negligence

In this particular case, injuries from the incident required stitches. The actual results could have been a lot worse. Falling over a dozen feet can break bones, or worse.

Examples of citizens being injured by dysfunctional sewer infrastructure, or improper use of the sewer system, is an illustration of how negligence can contribute to personal injury. The report raises the question of why there would be open or accessible openings to sewer tunnels in the first place. These types of negligence are important liabilities for municipalities and local governments. Good safety policies need to be in place to prevent these kinds of dangers in local streets. The sewer tunnels aren’t meant to be accessible by citizens. When they are, they can constitute a real danger.

A New York City personal injury law firm will look at these kinds of situations to advance their clients interest in a personal injury or wrongful death case, assessing whether proper safety was in place or why negligent conditions occurred.

Professional personal injury attorneys and legal teams also do the fact-finding to help personal injury victims get compensated for the conditions they suffer as a result of an accident. They also help clients assess any restrictions or limitations on these kinds of cases, for instance, advising them on appropriate medical care and consultation. This can make all of the difference in the outcome of a personal injury claim, and without good qualified legal help, some plaintiffs may find it difficult or impossible to successfully bring a claim forward or get payouts. Having skilled legal teams on board is a big benefit to someone seeking justice for an injury or fatality after an accident.

Legal Help From a New York City Personal Injury Law Firm

New York City residents can get qualified legal assistance from a qualified New York City personal injury law firm. At Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, we have years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Let us work with you to get successful results and collect compensation for the costs of care and recovery after a personal injury accident. We’ve helped many local plaintiffs to access their rights under the law, and move forward with personal injury and wrongful death cases in New York City courts.

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