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Walk in Central Park results in personal injury

For many people in New York City, a walk in Central Park is the highlight of their day. However, a recent incident may have some questioning their safety while doing so. Reports indicate that a mother and her three young children were struck by a falling tree as they were walking on a roadway in the park, resulting in a personal injury.

The incident reportedly happened one morning on a day in mid-August. Reports indicate that a 39-year-old woman was pushing a stroller with two toddlers and had an infant strapped to her chest in a baby carrier. Witnesses reported hearing what they described as a cracking sound before the tree fell.

The woman and her three children were reportedly "twisted up" in the branches of the tree. One witness claims that a chainsaw was used to extricate the woman from the branches. Some reports indicate that she was rendered unconscious by the falling tree and was transported to the hospital. The cause of the tree falling is unclear. Trees in the park are maintained by The Central Park Conservancy.

Few people in New York are prepared to cope with the consequences of an unexpected injury. While she recovers, she -- or other family members who may have to provide care -- may face lost wages in addition to medical expenses. To help cope with these expenses, she may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. If negligence can be proved, she could receive an award of damages to help cope with the financial aftermath of her -- and the children's -- injuries.

Source: dnainfo.com, "Mom and 3 Kids Injured by Falling Tree in Central Park, Officials Say", Ben Fractenberg, Aidan Gardiner and Rebecca Fishbein, Aug. 15, 2017

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