Case Study: NYC Child Injured by Door

Children are very precious gifts to the world, which is why certain cases like our client here tend to be very sensitive subjects. When it comes to amenities like doors and other functional spaces in establishments, it falls under the jurisdiction of the owner of the premises to make sure these tools function in ways they do not hurt people. Sometimes these cases tend to be dismissed as accidents, but when it is clearly seen that some form of neglect actually happened, then it is the responsible for the owner of the establishment to provide compensation.

This particular case involved our clients, which are mother and a child. They were leaving an establishment from an interior stairwell door. The child was holding her mother’s hand while they were exiting, however the door suddenly shut itself behind them. Unfortunately, the hand of the child was found stuck on the door and a part of her finger was amputated.

The doctors tried to attach the part of her finger back but to no avail. Now the child permanently has a partially-amputated finger, which will leave a lasting impression on her.

When our firm was contacted by the clients, our team immediately investigated the circumstances surrounding the building. Our team found out that particular door did not have a door stopper.

This is a machine on top of doors that slows down the speed at which doors close themselves, especially when left open. This particular stairwell was actually on the direct path of strong winds, meaning the door will close itself faster than usual.
Our firm and some experts were able to prove that the winds actually force the door to close faster than anticipated, meaning the absence of a door stopper led to the partial amputation of the child’s finger.

When we took the case to court, we were able to get a decision favorable to our client and were able to gather compensation needed for the child.

Here at the Orlow Firm, we ensure our clients are very well aware of the various elements surrounding their cases. We strive to make sure they are constantly updated and are contacted regularly to discuss the various developments of their cases.
If you are curious about the law, you can contact The Orlow Firm and its New York Office. We provide free consultation with one of our lawyers, and may provide you help regarding vehicular accident cases.