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Family of Scaffolding Electrocution Victim Files Lawsuit for $10M

The NY Daily News reported today that the New York City Housing Authority is being sued for $10 million by the family of a little girl who was electrocuted by the scaffolding outside of the Brooklyn public housing project she lived in.

The family also names the Metropolitan Bridge & Scaffold Corp. as a Defendant in the suit. Metro Bridge & Scaffold is the contractor responsible for putting that particular set of scaffolding in place.

Since the accident occurred, the scaffolding company has been allowed to renew their permits twice by New York City. According to reports, the same scaffolding responsible for electrocuting the young girl is still in place outside of the Brooklyn public housing project.

Thankfully, the little girl was not killed by the voltage. She is still living with some signs of apparent posttraumatic stress disorder though. According to her family, she stays away from things that are metal- sadly, even some playground equipment like monkey bars.

Not long after the accident occurred, which was in August 2012, the NYC Housing Authority was issued a “stop-work” order because of a code violation found by the Buildings Department.

Construction laws in the State of New York and specifically in New York City are governed by a body of regulations titled: New York City 2011 Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel and Gas Code and Electrical Code.

If the defendants in the above case are found negligent of any of the electrical or building codes in the construction and maintenance of the scaffold, plaintiff’s case will be far easier to prove. Additionally, it would be expected that the co-defendants, NYCHA and the contractor would assert cross-claims against one another, in an attempt to place the blame for the girl’s injuries on anyone but themselves.

It is likely thought that any violations issued by the NYC Department of Buildings were against both the owner of the premises (NYCHA) and the scaffolding company. If you have been injured in a scaffolding type accident, contact a Bronx personal injury attorney at The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. today. We are experienced in these types of cases and can fight for your justice.

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