Hauppauge, NY – Man Seriously Injured in Fall From Hotel Balcony on Motor PkyNY/NJ Legal News
Hauppauge, NY (May 23, 2022) – Suffolk County detectives are investigating what caused a man to fall from his hotel balcony on Sunday, May 23rd. and was seriously injured early this morning.
24-year-old Alexander Keating, a resident of South Amboy, NJ., was seriously injured when he plummeted from the balcony of his room on the ninth floor at the Hyatt Regency Long Island on the 1700th block of Motor Parkway at about 12:45 a.m.
Keating was taken by Central Islip Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he is currently in critical condition.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Balcony Railing Failures in New York
Lawsuits that involve balcony railing failures are a legal antidote for injured victims or the family members of someone who lost their life by falling from a balcony because of an unsafe railing. The negligent maintenance of a condominium, apartment building, establishment, office building, or hotel puts trusting patrons, tenants, and visitors in danger of sustaining a serious injury or being killed in a balcony accident.
Even though these injuries occur instantly, often the real cause of a balcony or railing failure is cumulative. A few of the more common causes of railing and balcony accidents include:
- Rusty or Loose Bolts and Screws: Exposure to the elements could cause the bolts and screws that hold the railing together to come loose or rust. It only takes one defective bolt or screw to make the entire balcony railing unsafe. If a person rests something against it or leans on it, the entire railing could easily fail.
- Wear and Tear: Over an extended period of time, weather, routine usage, and the weight of heavy objects leaning against them can cause balcony railings to wear down and lose most of their stability. After a while, putting any weight on the railing could result in it giving out.
- Building Code Violations: When they are built, railing and balconies, both outdoor and indoor, must abide by strict safety regulations. These regulations are put in place for safety purposes, and failing to follow them could produce a balcony that is unsafe and a rail that is faulty.
- Improper Maintenance: Business and building owners have a responsibility to maintain their railings and balconies to ensure they are safe and up to current codes. If these structures are not regularly maintained, tenants and guests could pay a high price for the resulting failure.
- Failure to Inspect: Part of being properly maintained means that railings and balconies must to inspected regularly. This is a critical step that owners often overlook. Inspections reveal dangers that would otherwise go unaddressed.
When any of the issues listed above take place, people are at a heightened risk of being catastrophically injured or killed due to balcony railing failures.
Our attorneys work diligently to ensure victims have their legal rights protected so they can move on after an accident. Contact our premises liability lawyers in New York at (800) 460-6476 to see how we can help you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.