A woman from New York City filed suit against a property company that is owned by Michael Rubin, one of the co-owners of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 24-year-old woman was a pedestrian near Union Square when she suffered a life-threatening “severe traumatic brain injury” when she was struck by a large, wooden lounge chair falling off the 12th-floor penthouse balcony.
Her injuries required emergency surgery. The victim was left with cranial deformities that caused her head to be concave and misshapen on the right side.
Prior to her injury, she was employed in the field of private equity and had a pending application to pursue a master’s degree at Harvard Medical School. But despite two other surgeries, she was left with “permanent and debilitating injuries.”
Her lawyer stated to PEOPLE magazine that she was lucky to be alive and they hope that she one day “returns to full cognitive abilities.”
Named defendants include GR Realty Holdings (the holding company owned by Rubin), the building management company, the condo board and the tenants of the penthouse apartment at the time of the accident.
Her petition alleges that the “unsecured terrace furniture” fell to the street below because of the defendants’ recklessness, negligence and carelessness.
As a result of the incident, the New York City Department of Buildings issued the building’s owners a citation and fine of $6,250.
If you are similarly injured due to another property owner’s negligence or lack of caution, you may be able to seek legal redress for your injuries, damages and losses, e.g., lost wages due to being out of work while recuperating.