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Mom Knocked Out by Falling Tree in Central Park to Sue City for $200M: Lawyer

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    A mother who put herself between a giant elm tree and her three children in Central Park may never be able to walk right again, her lawyer said Wednesday as he announced a giant lawsuit the family plans to file. Ida Siegal reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017)

    What to Know

    • A woman who was hit by a large tree in Central Park last month is suing the city for $200 million, her lawyer says

    • Officials say the mom was pinned under the tree for up to 10 minutes and was in and out of consciousness; she was in critical condition

    • Authorities say the woman tried to shield her kids from the impact; they were hospitalized too, but were expected to be OK

    The mother who when she put herself between a falling tree and her three young children in Central Park last month is "completely immobilized" and plans to sue the city for $200 million, her attorney said Tuesday.

    Jordan Merson added that his client, Anne Monoky Goldman, cannot breastfeed her infant daughter or move her neck for the next two to three months after she was pinned underneath the tree near West 62nd Street and West Drive on Aug. 15. 

    Goldman was carrying her newborn daughter in a carrier and pushing a double stroller with her two boys, ages 2 and 4, when the tree came toppling down.

    Her children didn't suffer any lasting injuries, but Merson took the brunt of the blow and may never walk the same way again, according to Merson. She was floating in and out of consciousness when first responders got to the scene.

    Mom Knocked Out by Falling Tree in Central Park to Sue City

    [NY] Mom Knocked Out by Falling Tree in Central Park to Sue City

    The mother who was critically injured when she put herself between a falling tree and her three young children in Central Park last month plans to sue the city for $200 million, her attorney says.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017)

    It's not clear what caused the tree to topple over, but the Daily News reported after the mishap that its roots had decayed

    Merson said he plans to file a notice of claim against the city on Wednesday.

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