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New York woman suffers personal injury due to fall

People who are walking on New York sidewalks likely have a certain expectation of safety. For this expectations to be realized, elements of sidewalks -- including privately owned covers to cellar vaults -- must be properly maintained. Unfortunately, a woman recently suffered a serious personal injury after part of the sidewalk on which she was walking collapsed.  

The incident happened just before 8 a.m. on a day in early August. Police say she was walking on the sidewalk, when part of it collapsed. As a result, she fell approximately 5 feet. She reportedly suffered injuries to her leg, among others, and is listed in serious condition.

A representative from the Department of Buildings conducted an investigation following the collapse, claiming that it occurred at the cellar vault of a residential building. The owner of the property as well as the owner of a neighboring structure received a citation as a result of the inspection. The citations were for failing to maintain the cellars and sidewalks.

Unfortunately, a woman in New York is left in the hospital due to injuries that, according to reports, may not have occurred had the residential building been properly maintained. Her recovery may be a long one, generating extensive medical bills and preventing her from working. Man people who are suffering from a personal injury such as this quickly become overwhelmed by medical bills and lost wages, prompting them to file a civil lawsuit against the parties they believe are responsible. An attorney with experience with such cases can help these victims determine the best course of action.

Source:, "Woman plunges through collapsed Manhattan sidewalk", Ashley Soley-Cerro and Christina Reinwald, Aug. 5, 2017

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