A concrete wall recently fell on and killed a 47-year-old construction worker who had been working at a construction site at a Long Island home.
According to authorities, the worker and two other men had been installing a staircase in a basement apartment that was under renovation in Huntington Station. The workers had built two retaining walls for an outside entrance. When they were in the process of installing steps for the staircase, one of the retaining walls unexpectedly fell and killed one of the workers. Emergency personnel responding to the scene pronounced the man dead at the construction site. Fortunately, the other construction workers did not suffer any injuries.
On March 13, 2014 a gas leak triggered a massive explosion in East Harlem, causing two five-story apartment buildings to collapse. The relatives of one of the victims recently filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the City. Such an accident serves as a reminder that anything can and may happen at any time. If a loved one is ever involved in an incident that leads to death, an experienced Brooklyn wrongful death attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.
What is Considered Wrongful Death in New York?
Wrongful death, such as death from an accident or incident like the one described above, is defined as a death that is caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another. Such acts serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the decedent’s heirs. The New York State Constitution’s Estate and Powers Trust law provides the basis for New York’s wrongful death statute. It allows a decedent’s heir or representative to sue for whatever amount of money damages on behalf of a person or persons who could recover under the estate.