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Falling debris is a large injury risk in metropolitan areas

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2023 | Construction accidents

New York City is known for statuesque skyscrapers. While beautiful from an architectural standpoint, these towering structures pose an injury hazard not generally present in other areas. 

People sometimes get struck and injured by falling debris, often from high-rise buildings. Since debris from tall buildings tends to be large and falling from a great distance, these accidents can lead to severe injuries or even death. In 2019, an architect died when a piece of façade fell from a building and struck her in the head. 

What causes falling debris? 

It can happen in many scenarios, including someone simply dropping something from a window or the top of a building. However, there are two more common causes of falling debris. 

Construction: Tools, materials, and even structural components can easily fall and injure passers-by or construction workers when tall buildings are undergoing construction or renovation. 

Old age: Another common reason for falling debris is the age of the structure. Facades, hanging signs and structural elements can work their way loose and fall on those passing below as older buildings, particularly poorly maintained ones, crumble away. 

Who is liable for falling debris injuries? 

Liability in these cases can be hard to pinpoint. Some of the most common culprits include contractors, construction companies, building owners or even municipalities. Sometimes, more than one party may be legally liable for harm caused by falling debris. If so, it could potentially increase your injury restitution. 

Consider learning more about New York injury law by seeking legal guidance to determine what steps to take next when seeking injury compensation.