Building owner-operator Moshe Piller named among the negligent and responsible.
(New York – March 9, 2017) – The owner-operator of the Bronx apartment building where sleeping baby sisters were fatally scalded last December is among a group of potential defendants whose actions were collectively responsible for the preventable deaths of the one and two-year-old girls, according to the notice of claim filed yesterday.
The claim notice, a precursor to the filing a wrongful death lawsuit, names several responsible parties – and potential defendants – including Moshe Piller, owner-operator of the building at 720 Hunts Point Ave., along with the Bushwick Economic Development Corp, the City and City’s Department of Homeless Services Danielle McGuire Ambrose and Peter Ambrose, parents of Syclee, 1, and Ibanez Ambrose, 2, filed the claim along with the executors of the estates of the sisters. Their legal team is led by Robert J. Mongeluzzi, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, PC, who will be joined on the case by attorneys Jordan Merson (Merson Law, PLLC), and Chad Boonswang (Boonswang Law Firm, LLC).
The sisters, who were both asleep when the valve ruptured, releasing a torrent of steam into their tiny bedroom, “sustained horrific and agonizing injuries which ultimately led to their painful deaths”, according to the filing. It notes that expert testimony regarding the failure to properly maintain the building’s heating system, including the radiators, will be obtained through pre-trial discovery. The notice was filed with the New York City Comptroller’s Office, as required by law.
Mr. Mongeluzzi stated, “Our initial investigation has determined that this was a catastrophe waiting to happen – in a substandard building with a checkered history of violations, and specifically in that unit with the malfunctioning radiator. On behalf of the family, and in memory of the Ambrose sisters, we will get to the whole truth and hold all those responsible fully accountable.” He said the attorneys would assert claims for compensatory and punitive damages when a complaint is filed.
In addition to being licensed to practice law in New York, Mr. Mongeluzzi also practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philadelphia-based SMB is one of America’s leading personal injury law firms. Among the firm’s founders, Mr. Mongeluzzi’s trial practice exclusively represents victims injured or killed in catastrophic incidents including but not limited to lethal explosions at residential, industrial, and constructions sites, collapses of buildings under construction or during demolition, office tower crane and other types of heavy industrial equipment failures, and railroad disasters – as the result of reckless, negligent conduct by responsible parties and equipment manufacturers. Mr. Mongeluzzi and Jeffrey P. Goodman just finished a five-month jury trial – resulting in a record $227 million settlement -resulting from the fatal Philadelphia Salvation Army thrift store collapse, which killed seven people. Mr. Mongeluzzi is a member of the plaintiffs’ management committee in the fatal Amtrak Train 188 Multidistrict Litigation, that was settled for a record $265 million, and he was co-lead counsel in the largest recovery ($101 million) of a construction accident case in American history.
Mr. Mongeluzzi and his partners, Andrew R. Duffy and Mr. Goodman also currently represent the plaintiffs in connection with the July 4, 2012 sinking in Oyster Bay of the 34-foot yacht, the Kandi Won, in which drowned three children drowned. Mr. Mongeluzzi is a New York native and graduate of the Fordham University School of Law.