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Monday, November 30, 2015

Deliveryman on Bicycle Killed By Falling Tree Branch in Red Hook Due to Negligent Parks Department Contractor

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty understand the dangers of falling tree branches. Our attorneys have worked with ISA-certified arborists as experts and we are well aware of the dangers improperly maintained trees can be for the everyday New Yorker. In September, we discussed the London plane trees in Bryant Park suffering from crown rot, causing the branch to fall and breaking a woman's arm. Unfortunately, another tragedy has occurred.

John Liu was working as a deliveryman last Monday around the corner of the intersection of Pioneer Street and Richards Street. At the same time, a two-man pruning crew working with RML, which had contracted with the Department of Parks and Recreation to help with the City's post-Hurricane Sandy tree work, was working to bring down a branch of a 4,000 pound London plane tree in Coffey Park. Department of Parks and Recreation regulations state that, when pruning, a four-man crew is required, the area be roped off, and there be a flagger to watch for pedestrians. The tree branch that the crew was pruning fell directly on Mr. Liu, sending him to Methodist Hospital in critical condition where he later died. The City has cancelled all contracts with RML while an investigation is pending.

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured by a falling branch or tree, the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty, working with certified arborists, can help you understand your rights and potential claims. You can contact the attorneys for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at

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