When you lose a family member to a senseless death attributable to another person's negligence or other wrongdoing, it is definitely a bitter pill to swallow. Families have more trouble reconciling these types of deaths than they do with deaths from natural causes because they are completely preventable.
It can be easy to let time pass after the loss of a loved one. You need time to heal and mourn. If you wait to file a wrongful death claim, however, you may lose out on your right to bring a lawsuit.
If you live in New York City above the ground floor, chances are your windows are equipped with window guards that comply to city codes. But what happens when those protective devices malfunction or are installed incorrectly?
Earlier this month, across the Hudson River in New Jersey, a 44-year-old elevator repairman died in a tragic work accident. As he was doing the monthly service maintenance on the elevators in the Galaxy Towers condos in Guttenberg, he got entangled in the elevator door and yanked upward to his death inside of the elevator shaft.
The recent crane collapse in Tribeca is just one example of a construction accident that resulted in fatalities. In fact, construction work is among the most dangerous professions in the city. While only four percent of all jobs are in construction in New York, construction accidents result in 20 percent of the work-related deaths according to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.
While all car accident circumstances are different and influence the outcome, there are certain predictive patterns in the types of injuries that result from these crashes.