Practicing ‘Diligent Tree Care?’ Arborists Prevent Lawsuits.
Tragedy struck a Connecticut town 2 years ago this spring when a young girl was crushed by a falling tree branch. The victim, 12-year-old Gabriela Hudak, was hit by falling tree limb on the head in her own front yard on March 29, 2013. She was rushed to a local hospital however, passed away in the hospital three days later.
While a fatality from a falling tree branch may seem statistically unlikely, these accidents occur more often than one might think. In fact, according to the OSHA, there are typically more than 100 tree and landscape fatalities every year. Surprisingly, a mature tree can weigh 10 tons or more. An impact with this kind of weight is strong enough to easily crush a car, severely damage a home and can cause injury.
Even if you are not a homeowner, cutting down tree branches in your own yard and you have surveyed the trees on your property for safety, there are still risks of injury and legal action from falling limbs. Last year, the New York Times reported on a series of lawsuits against New York City related to deaths and injuries caused by falling tree branches. New Yorkers were injured while sitting on park benches and walking through other public spaces. These lawsuits raised serious questions about whether the City of New York had undertaken “diligent tree care” in its public areas. A NY jury awarded 1.6 million in damages to a victim’s crestfallen family, indicating that falling tree branches are a very serious matter.
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