March 25, 2014 • Wrongful Death
On behalf of Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP
Some of the saddest kinds of accidents and those that are most difficult deal with are also painful reminders that many businesses and local governments need stricter rules and regulations about the operation of vehicles and heavy machinery.
The Gothamist reported February on a chilling case where a pregnant woman was killed by a snowplow in a Brooklyn supermarket parking lot. The details around this horrific event are hard to read about, and hard to hear about. They remind us of the importance of safety protocols around those common seasonal activities involved in public maintenance, tasks like plowing snow, sweeping streets and paving roads. They remind us that these kinds of activities are not inherently, automatically “safe” and that a lot of local work goes into keeping communities protected from awful types of accidents, making sure that the chances of a serious injury or fatality are minimized in a particular area.
One of the most telling details reported by the Gothamist in this story was that the driver of the vehicle in question was previously seen operating that vehicle in an erratic manner. The report points out that although there were no prior charges, there may have been behavior that went unpunished before the vehicle operator was finally apprehended for taking a life. This is the type of story that often gets the most attention from a public readership, but more subtle and less extreme cases can also provide important warning signs on how lax safety may be around a given type of local danger, whether it’s related to road projects, regular public maintenance, local service infrastructure, or any other type of public system.
New York City wrongful death attorneys will look at these kind of details very carefully when putting together a wrongful death case for a client. Although this is an extreme example of municipal and local business responsibility, not all cases are as clear-cut, and unraveling the details of a personal injury or wrongful death case could take a lot of work. Various state and local New York laws may apply to one of these cases brought within the five boroughs. New York City wrongful death attorneys will use knowledge of any local statutes in New York, and restrictions or limitations on this type of litigation, to give clients the best chance of getting the settlements they need to handle the injury or death of a family member. Having qualified legal representation can make all of the differences in cases that require extensive documentation within certain guidelines, in order to be brought effectively.
New York City residents can get qualified legal assistance from the New York City wrongful death attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. Call us to start asking about how to put together a personal injury or wrongful death case, and what your options are under the law. We work with you every step of the way to secure an equitable result for your family.