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5 injured when tree falls on them in Bryant Park

All property owners have a duty to keep the people who come onto their property safe. This duty is universal for all property owners and not just those who own private property. Even municipalities and entities who own lands that are open for public enjoyment must keep their property safe. A recent accident in Bryant Park shows how important it is for property owners to regularly inspect the property for any issues that can affect the safety of others.

A large tree in Bryant Park broke approximately 13 feet from the ground. A portion of the tree fell down in the shape of a Y. The two large branches that fell trapped people beneath them. It is estimated that the part of the tree that fell was around 12 inches in diameter. A tree expert noted that the tree will need to be checked for signs of internal decay.

The accident lead to five people suffering from injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening. One of the people who was injured is believed to have suffered a broken arm. Another victim suffered from neck and minor back injuries. A third victim suffered a shoulder injury. The fourth victim suffered from a foot injury. The fifth victim suffered from a hip and shoulder injury.

People who are struck by falling objects can suffer from serious injuries. If you have suffered from injuries caused by someone else's negligence, you might opt to seek compensation. You might be able to recover some of the costs of medical care and missed wages if you are awarded compensation for your injuries.

Source: CBS New York, "Fallen Tree Injures 5 In Bryant Park," Sep. 04, 2015

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