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Who is liable if a falling object in New York injures someone?

New York City is full of tall structures, and from a height, even small objects falling from those buildings can cause injury. The question is, who is liable if you’re injured by something that fell from above?


The answer depends on the circumstances. Generally speaking, property owners and managers are responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their premises. If they fail to do so and you are injured as a result, they could potentially be held liable. However, other factors could come into play. For example, if the falling object was dropped by a third-party (for instance, a tenant of the building), that third party might be liable, or they might share liability with the building owner. Or if you were trespassing in a construction zone and something fell on you, it may be difficult to hold the construction company liable. Your best bet is to consult with an attorney who can help you determine liability and get compensated.


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