One construction worker died and four others were injured following a recent building collapse in New York City. Three of the four had a personal injury that required treatment, and were taken to Lutheran Medical Center where they initially were listed in stable condition. Another worker declined treatment.
Reportedly, the building collapsed in Brooklyn on Nov. 8 just before 2:30 p.m. It was unfinished at the time, but would have been a five-story apartment building with 14 condominium units. An official speculated that the collapse could have been caused by workers pouring concrete incorrectly. Typically, workers pour concrete starting at the bottom and moving their way to the top floors, but workers in this building began pouring the concrete on the top floor.
As the family of the worker who died mourns their tragic loss, the law may be able to provide them with monetary compensation. In this case, a wrongful death suit may be appropriate. A wrongful death is a death caused by the negligence or willful conduct of another, and it may be that either the company or another employee was negligent. With the help of an attorney, they may be able to determine the circumstances of the accident and assess whether a civil claim for wrongful death is possible.
Anyone injured in an accident may consider consulting with an experienced New York City personal injury attorney. When victims are injured due to the careless conduct of another through no fault of their own, they may receive compensation for the medical expenses and lost wages they suffered. Unfortunately, the court process for obtaining that compensation is not always clearly laid out, but an attorney who is knowledgeable in the process may be able to assist with navigating it. Moreover, the attorney may be able to ensure that the victim obtains the maximum amount of compensation available.
Source: The New York Times, “Worker Dies After Being Rescued From Building Collapse in Brooklyn,” Liz Robbins and Tim Stelloh, Nov. 8, 2011