Hundreds of victims are still recovering from an East Harlem explosion that demolished two buildings and killed eight people in March. From surgeries to counseling for post traumatic stress, the lives of displaced residents and first responders have been forever altered as they struggle to heal from the tragic events that unfolded during the March 12 explosion at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue. New York City personal injury law firm, Ronemus and Vilensky, will be representing roughly ten people in an effort to assist them with that recovery, a subset of 205 notifications received by the city Comptroller’s Office indicating that people intend to sue the city for a range of reasons including property damage to wrongful death.
In addition to the City of Harlem, the law firm intends to sue Con Edison for failing to maintain their 100-year-old gas lines and the property owner for negligence in maintaining the building. During an interview with Ginny Kosola of CBS News, New York, Attorney Robert Vilensky had this to say about the maintenance of the gas lines: “They should have inspected the pipes long ago. they should have replaced the pipes long ago, which they didn’t do.”
Events following the 9:30am explosion included the delay of an ambulance carrying two passengers en route to the hospital, numerous instances of people being crushed and trapped in cars, and the injuries of multiple first responders as they attempted to rescue the multiple victims. Experiencing and witnessing these events have caused a lasting emotional trauma for many individuals, but have also thrown lives into a tailspin as some cope with the loss of loved ones.
The firm of Ronemus & Vilensky specializes in representing clients who have suffered from brain injuries, construction accidents, hospital and physician malpractice and other types of serious accidents. Its clients in this particular case face problems ranging from hearing loss and torn ligaments to anxiety disorders.
“Many of my clients have post traumatic stress and they just keep on experiencing flashbacks and depression,” added Vilensky, who will be handling the case. “They are scared.”
An attorney for 25 years, Vilensky says this case, as with all of their cases, will be taken on contingency, which means they will not accept any attorney’s fees unless the firm wins. Still, he says, it’s a fight worth pursuing.
“While no amount of money can rectify the loss of a loved one, or erase the memories of what a victim has to relive daily when dealing with post traumatic stress,” says attorney Vilensky “it’’s important to hold accountable the individuals and organizations we’ve put our trust in concerning the maintenance of our homes. Our homes are our havens, places where we need to feel safe. When the victims of such a massive tragedy have that sense of safety taken from them, we owe it to them to give them the resources they need to seek treatment, medical or psychological, and to provide them with the tools they need to build new lives.”
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The attorneys of Ronemus & Vilensky specialize in representing clients with the following injuries: Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, lead poisoning, hospital or physician malpractice, racial or sexual discrimination, construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents and other types of serious accidents, false arrests, and police assault or abuse.
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