Mom hit by falling Central Park tree to sue city, attorney says

Lawrence Kim
September 14, 2017

Her attorneys believed the tree was decayed and diseased, posing a huge hazard to the millions who visit Central Park.

Her attorney says she has to lay flat for two to three months, with her neck and back immobilized, in order for her neck fractures to heal.

"She's not allowed to move her neck for at least two to three months - that is a form of torture", Merson said. "We have concerns that she may never walk the same again or walk at all again".

Anne Monoky Goldman's attorney filed a $200 million notice of claim against the city and the Central Park Conservancy for the American elm that the conservancy found uprooted because of decay beneath the surrounding pavement.

Anne Monoky Goldman is "completely immobilized" after the August 15 incident that left her pinned under an elm tree on West Drive at 62nd Street inside the park, Jordan Merson told NBC4. Her 2-year-old son is recovering from a brain hemorrhage and a concussion.

"The tragedy here is that she was of course very attached to her newborn baby".

Her family was pinned to the ground, including a Goldman's 2-month old who was strapped to her. "She took time off of her job to be with him, but she is literally immobilized so she can't breast feed", Kline said.

The 39-year-old mother, who works in social media for the fashion company Tory Burch, faces a grueling recovery.

"A whole family's lives have been turned upside down", Merson said. "It's a small miracle that her children weren't even more injured".

A Law Department spokeswoman said the papers will be reviewed once they are served.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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