A 9-year-old boy was tragically killed last October, and now his family is suing the landlord of the building where he died.
The boy was on a balcony on the building's second floor, roughly 13 feet above the ground. He fell from that balcony to his death.
His cousin was with him at the time. That boy was also involved in the fall, and he suffered serious injuries. He was 13 years old when the incident took place.
After the fall, he was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital by helicopter. Though his injuries were serious enough to warrant the airlift, they were not considered life-threatening even at the time.
His family has also started a lawsuit against the landlord. They say that, even though he lived through the incident, he has permanent injuries that will never fully heal, and that they impact his daily life.
According to the lawsuit, the balcony was not well-maintained and had been neglected. The family says that this is directly what caused the railing to fail and give way, dropping them to the ground below. They had apparently been playing on the balcony, which the family thought was safe since it had a railing.
The balcony has since been called a hazard and the landlord has been accused of not paying any attention to the condition of the apartment building, allowing it to fall into disrepair when proper care could have kept the residents safe.
When children are injured or killed due to negligence, it is important for family members to know all of their legal rights to compensation.
Source: MyCentralJersey.com, "Perth Amboy family suing landlord over death of 9-year-old son," Nick Muscavage, March 10, 2018