The family of a 9-year-old boy who died in October 2017 is suing the landlord of the apartment building where they lived in Perth Amboy. The parents are suing the landlord after the boy fell from the balcony of their apartment to his death back in October. A second lawsuit was filed on the behalf of another boy, 13, who is the cousin of the deceased. The boy reportedly was hurt in the same fall from the balcony last year.
The main defendant named in the lawsuit is 71-73 Brighton Avenue LLC, which owns the building. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the surviving child was done so in December in Middlesex County Superior Court. It claims that the boy suffered physical injuries that are permanent. The injuries are said to incapacitate the child for the rest of his life.
The two cousins were playing on the balcony when they both hit the railing, which gave way, causing the boys to fall 13 feet to the ground. The younger of the two boys did not survive the fall. The victim's parents said that the balcony railing failed, causing their child's death, in the lawsuit.
A couple is also named as defendants in the case because they owned the apartment prior to selling it to the LLC for $1 in 2013. The lawsuit claims that the couple failed to maintain a safe property.
Wrongful death is an awful thing to deal with in life and it is even more overwhelming when it involves a child. A wrongful death lawsuit can help families recover damages for the death of a loved one in New Jersey. Be sure you know your legal options.
Source: My Central Jersey, "Perth Amboy family suing landlord over death of 9-year-old son," March 07, 2018