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Woman falls 5 stories to her death window in Upper Manhattan

In a tragic story on Thursday night, a 67-year-old women, Francisca Fernandez, visiting her family from the Dominican Republic, plunged to her death after falling down stairs and then breaking through the fifth-story window of an Inwood building to her death, according to authorities.

According to New York Personal Injury Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood is located in the Upper East Side.  It’s basically suburbia, very hip. “low to the ground buildings, often times only five or six stories, hardly ever a doormen, and rapidly growing in popularity.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

However, this is not the first time in New York City someone has fallen to their death through a window.

  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015, A window washer who was leaning out a fifth-floor apartment without a harness plunged to his death on Jay St. near Greenwich St. in Tribeca in front of shocked onlookers.
  • Thursday, Aug 1, 2013, a Manhattan ad executive who went out to smoke on the balcony of her 17th-floor apartment while on a first date plunged to her death early Thursday morning when she sat on the railing and it gave way.
  • Eric Clapton’s son, Conor, died at the age of four years old after falling from a window in del Santo’s 53rd floor, New York City apartment.  The window was a full wall window that had been removed by a janitor to let fresh air in while he worked.  Conor was playing hide and seek with a nanny and running from her when he ran into the room with the open window and straight out of it.

There will always be an unfortunate number of falls from windows as seen in these previous incidents that ended tragically.

In such cases it is the responsibility of the property management companies and owners to understand the risk of injury and death to occupants, children and visitors alike.  They have an obligation  to the people that live in these building to ensure safety.

Some FREE ADVICE: Landlords and Property Managers should always consider preventing such accident by provide window guards or window stops so that no one not will fall out of windows.

Window Fall Injuries

A woman fell down a flight of stairs and sending her flying out a window in an apartment house stairwell. She then fell five floors to her death in Upper Manhattan.

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