A tourist from Terre Haute, Indiana is recovering after she was struck by a falling tree branch in Manhattan’s Central Park on Tuesday.
The woman’s name has not been released.
According to reports, the branch, about 3 inches around, fell from a tree and hit her at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. She was conscious after the accident, but confused and bleeding from the head as an ambulance rushed her to a hospital.
This is not the first time someone has been injured by a falling tree branch in New York City.
In June 2010, a 6-month-old baby was killed and her mother was injured when a tree branch fell on them while visiting the Central Park Zoo. In that same year, another man was also killed in the park by a branch that fell due to heavy snow. Finally, in 2009, a branch struck another person in the park leaving them with severe personal injuries.
While you may think that a falling tree branch can do no harm to pedestrians or bystanders, these accidents occur more than you think and can deliver devastating injuries. In fact, there are more than 100 tree and landscape fatalities that happen across the U.S. every year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A fully matured tree can weigh as much as 10 tons, possibly more. When a tree of this size falls, the impact is undoubtedly strong enough to crush an automobile, seriously damage a home or building and severely injure or kill innocent onlookers.
When a tree or tree limbs fall and make contact with humans, very serious and catastrophic injuries can occur. A Manhattan Personal Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton knows the damage falling trees and branches can cause. We can help you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and other damages. Tree and landscape accidents can lead to the following injuries:
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Trauma
• Broken Bones and Fractures
• Head and Neck Injuries
• Wrongful Death
The city of New York is obligated to maintain trees in parks and in other public areas. This means the city must inspect trees and limbs for any dangers and remove any and all hazards immediately. If you or someone you love has been injured by a falling tree branch in New York, you must act fast and secure legal help immediately. A notice of claim against the city of New York must be filed within 90 days of the accident. If you fail to meet this deadline, your grievance can be barred, and you will not be able to obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.
If you have been injured by a falling tree or branch in New York City, a Manhattan Personal Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can determine whether you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. Even if you believe your injury is minor, it can be worth your time to speak with us about your accident. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us anytime statewide and toll-free by dialing 866-608-5529.