On Thursday, August 1, 2013, a woman fell from a balcony on the 17th floor of her building. The deceased was a 35 year-old woman. The accident occurred in Midtown Manhattan at a building on 400 East 57th Street. The woman was sitting on the railing of her balcony while talking to her friend when the railing buckled causing to her suddenly fall backward.
The woman was extremely successful in media advertising sales. She worked for Lucky magazine, The New Yorker and a start up called TripleLift. Another deadly fall from a Midtown balcony occurred in 2010 launching numerous safety reviews that found hundreds of building owners failed to require inspections on their balconies. Many residents were asked to discontinue using their balconies for fear of safety.
Currently, it is unknown whether or not the woman’s building had filed inspection reports regarding the railing. In 2010, a 24 year-old fell from a balcony located on the 24th floor at 330 East 39th Street. The department found that the company failed to inspect the railings in ten years. Due to the recent death, the building has notified residents not to use their balcony for fear of death. According to a spokeswoman, inspectors will be checking railings later that day.
Landowners and property owners are expected to maintain their property in a manner that is safe for all renters. If a landowner fails to do that in a reasonable manner they can be held liable. Many of these types of cases are called premises liability. If the owner should have known about the defect or knew about it and did nothing, the injured victim can take legal action against the party at fault. In this case, the family of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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