More Energy Efficient Buildings Means Increased Risk of Falling Ice Injury


As the weather becomes colder, it seems obvious that people should be more cautious of the potential hazards posed by ice and snow, particularly in New York City. This includes the risk of ice accumulating on rooftops and ledges, which then fall and injure anyone standing below. However, there’s one possible culprit contributing to a greater risk of falling ice injuries: energy efficient building construction.

                Falling ice is a constant source of problems in New York City during the winter, where skyscrapers and high-rises are common, as are the icicles and ice sheets they occasionally drop on unsuspecting pedestrians. The police will close down any street (or part of a street) where they believe falling ice to be a significant risk, but they can’t be everywhere or predict every possible hazard. And every year there are those who are injured or killed by falling ice, even though building owners have a legal responsibility to make sure the area around their buildings are safe for pedestrians to walk by.

                Adding to these hazards are the new energy efficient high-rises that have been constructed around the city. Due to some quirk of their construction, snow and ice are far more likely to accumulate on these energy efficient buildings than on more traditionally constructed buildings. Given that many of these buildings are nearly 1,000 feet high, the risk of ice falling from them is substantially more likely to result in fatalities to those walking on the streets below. And unfortunately, it is likely to be several years before an engineering or architectural solution is found that eliminates this increased hazard.

                If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of falling ice, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible.  An attorney experienced in personal injury matters will be able to advise you on how to receive the compensation you deserve. Put the experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorneys of Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC on your side to vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserves. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call our Brooklyn office at (718) 238-2400.