Twenty-six-year-old Pedro Bacillo who was working on the interior of a midtown Manhattan building tragically died when the five-story townhome crumbled with him and other workers still inside, according to a recent ABC News report. It took three hours for emergency crews to dig out one other worker while 17 were able to escape uninjured. Investigators are looking into what caused the collapse, which occurred on a construction site that had been taking adjacent buildings down – floor by floor – for several months prior to the disastrous accident.
Personal Injury Explained
Personal injury law covers a variety of injuries, and falls under the category of “tort” law. Generally, torts are civil wrongs that are recognized by the law as grounds for legal action.. The primary aim of this area of the law is to provide relief for the damages suffered by the injured party. The law is also designed to deter others from committing these same harms.
Torts fall into three general categories: intentional torts, strict liability, and negligent torts. Intentional torts are wrongful acts committed by the defendant who was aware or should have known that his/her actions would cause damage (e.g. battery or assault). Strict liability refers to a wrong that does not depend on the degree of cautiousness (or lack thereof) by the defendant, but arises when a specific act causes damage (e.g. defective products). Negligent torts occur when a defendant’s actions were unreasonably unsafe (e.g. causing an accident by failing to obey traffic rules or driving while drunk). This last category of torts is wherein personal injury law falls.
There are several types of damages an injured party may recover in a personal injury case. These include present and future expenses that cover loss of earning capacity, reasonable medical expenses and pain and suffering, among others.
A plaintiff pursuing a personal injury case must prove three elements in order to recover:
1. the defendant was under a legal duty to act in a particular manner;
2. the defendant breached this duty by failing to conform legal duty; and
3. the plaintiff suffered injury or loss as a direct result of this breach.
An experienced Brooklyn personal accident lawyer will analyze all the facts of your case and aggressively pursue the largest settlement possible on your behalf.
Brooklyn Accident Lawyers Are Here To Help
The legal professionals at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum take on any type of accident case that involves injuries. In fact, the firm specializes in representing individuals who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another. Our Brooklyn accident lawyers also represent families who have tragically lost a loved one due to the negligent acts of others. Call (718) 237-5586 today to schedule your initial, free case evaluation. You can also fill out a form online and send us a message.