Losing a loved one unexpectedly and because of someone else’s negligence is devastating for families to cope with. For many of these people, holding the responsible party accountable is necessary so that they can regain a sense of justice. One way to do this in New York is to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help families recover financially after losing a loved one. Although compensation can never replace a family member, it can help them start to move on without having to worry about medical bills, loss of income and even non-economic losses. Depending on the situation, these losses can be quite substantial.
The husband of one woman was recently awarded $109 million after his wife was killed in their own backyard. According to sources, the woman was in her backyard when she noticed that a power line had started a fire in a tree. As she was looking up, the overheated power line fell on her and burned her for 20 minutes before help could arrive. Devastatingly, the woman’s two children and mother-in-law witnessed the entire horrifying accident.
The husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the power company, who he claims failed to train their workers properly. They should have been instructed to clean off power lines or they could rust, which causes them to overheat. Had they properly cleaned the wires, the accident may never have happened. A jury agreed with the husband and awarded him $109 million for the tragic loss he and his family suffered as a result of the power company’s negligence.
During the course of the lawsuit, the power company attempted to shift blame onto the victim, saying she should not have been standing under the power line. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for companies to try and blame the victim in order to reduce their liability. With the help of an experienced attorney, however, it is possible for a victim’s family to fight back against a negligent company who does not want to take responsibility for their actions.
Source: Clarion Ledger, “Penn. family awarded $109 million in wrongful death lawsuit,” Dec. 8, 2012