Five people were injured when a stone façade crumbled beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The partial collapse took place during a thunderstorm that brought lightening and flooding, reported CBS News (7.3.14).
The victims, all members of one family, were treated for minor injuries, CBS News said. They were waiting under the overpass when the façade fell.
“Wall collapse accidents, like this one, are usually due to damage that took place gradually, with changes that are mostly invisible to the eye. Weather is frequently to blame for this type of accident.” said Attorney at Law David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm. “Over time, water from snow, rain, or melting ice, can seep into the concrete and ultimately weaken it from within.”
The New York City Department of Transportation investigated the bridge following the accident. Officials determined that the wall was a decorative façade and not a retaining wall, meaning the structural integrity of the bridge was unaffected, reported CBS News. The city department will conduct a full inspection of the entire façade.
“Negligent maintenance can easily lead to injuries or death,” said Perecman. “Hazards need to be fixed before another accident occurs.”
The accident occurred at Prospect and Washington streets in Brooklyn, near an exit ramp.
For more than 30 years, the personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped individuals and-or families obtain compensation following accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
The CBS News story cited is “ Man Says Family Could Have Been Killed In Brooklyn Bridge Facade Collapse.”
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
“Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.”