Construction work is a risky job. One wrong step and the worker could find himself in a serious—even fatal—accident. The risks of construction work are even more amplified when workers have to work at night when lighting and visibility are poor, among other negative elements.
There are many factors that add to the risks of working at night, one of which is poor lighting. Workers would have to rely on artificial light in order to see properly. A construction site at night must be well lit to provide visibility, but the lights should not be too bright lest they create glare that could hamper the workers’ vision, as well as that of any driver in the area. Emergency exits, and caution warnings must also be well lit so that workers would know where to go in case of an emergency.
A truck accident is often more alarming than a regular car collision, solely due to the size and power that a truck possesses. In an accident involving a truck and a car, the car driver and passengers would, in all likelihood, suffer more injuries and property damage than the truck driver, who often gets away with only a few scratches. If you are involved in an accident with a truck, you may need extensive medical care that could cost a lot. This is why it is important to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. The operation of trucks are highly regulated, and any violation by the driver or the trucking company could put them at fault for an accident.
A wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim in that both involve another person’s or party’s negligence or lack of care. Both are civil lawsuits and are thus settled in monetary terms, without jail time or similar penalties. The laws covering wrongful death vary for each state.
Wrongful Death Claim in California
In California, a wrongful death claim is filed when a person is killed due to the negligence or intentional act of another party or entity. As a civil case, a survivor or representative of the deceased’s estate has the right to seek monetary compensation from the liable party. While a wrongful death incident may also bear criminal elements, criminal charges are filed separately by police investigators or state prosecutors, and not by private entities. The victim’s survivors, with the help of a wrongful death attorney may file for a wrongful death suit even with ongoing criminal proceedings.
The fatal helicopter crash that killed the pilot, and two cast and crew members of a Discovery Channel reality show, had recently been settled two years after the incident. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles court had approved a settlement between the claimants and Discovery.
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Michael Donatelli, an Iraq war veteran who was one of the victims in the deadly accident, which occurred while filming a military show for the Discovery Channel called, “Lone Operator.” The helicopter hit a slope while flying closely to the ground.
The producers of the show, including Discovery, were accused of negligence and not taking enough precautions. The plaintiff cited the hiring of the pilot whose license had been suspended twice in the past. Moreover, records show that the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t give the pilot permission to fly in the hours when the accident happened.
The amount of damages Los Angeles residents can seek in a wrongful death lawsuit are limited by statues in California’s civil litigation law. Wrongful death attorneys understand these statutes and can work with their clients to help them get the maximum amount of compensation that is allowed. Wrongful death compensation is divided into three categories. There are economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. Continue reading
If you have recently been involved in an accident, you may be facing medical bills, lost wages and other financial expenses. You may also be dealing with pain and suffering that is interfering with your quality of life, or you may have a permanent disability as a result of the accident. An accident can have a serious impact on your life in many ways. A personal injury lawsuit may provide you with compensation for your financial losses related to the accident, but before you can file a lawsuit, you must first determine who is responsible for the accident. Continue reading
Being the victim of an accident that results from the negligence of another person is a traumatizing thing. It often results in a person needing medical treatment, suffering disabilities, losing time from work, and dealing with emotional and mental distress. There are financial burdens that accompany the physical injuries a person receives during an accident. Victims in Los Angeles may wonder whether or not they should hire a personal injury attorney to help them recoup money they lost. Continue reading