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Queens Construction Accident Kills, Worker Falls Down Elevator Shaft

The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP are following a horrific construction accident that unfolded Thursday at an ongoing project at 45-45 42nd Street in the Sunnyside section of Queens. The project, when completed, is supposed to be a public school. Reportedly, a worker was killed after falling down an elevator shaft from the 5th floor of the 6 story building where the work is being performed. Another worker, who had been on the 4th floor, was apparently injured by falling debris.

Our condolences and prayers go out to all those who mourn this fallen worker, and we wish the injured worker a speedy recovery. We also hope that OSHA investigators uncover the causes of this incident, which is further proof that construction work in New York remains a very dangerous job.

What are the practical legal consequences for someone that loses a loved one in a fatal construction accident?

When a construction worker, or anyone else, dies as a result of another company or person's negligence, the surviving family has the right to bring a "wrongful death" lawsuit against the wrongdoers. Not every attorney is properly qualified to handle wrongful death cases the right way. Doing so requires a blend of specialized legal knowledge, skills and experience, as well as compassion. The laws that govern wrongful death cases in New York outline very specific damages that the family can recover, ranging from funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of future inheritance, to a surviving child's loss of the support and guidance of their deceased parent, among other things.

Knowing the law is critical to properly guiding a grieving family through a wrongful death case, and to ultimately getting that family the right result. Obviously, no verdict or settlement can ever replace the loss of a loved one; but a monetary recovery can allow a grieving family the crucial financial security it needs to move forward.

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP is a New York personal injury law firm that is noted for their handling of wrongful death cases, and considers it a great honor when a family trusts the firm to pursue justice for their tragic loss. The experienced trial lawyers at the firm understand the devastation caused by the untimely death of a loved one, and have helped many families deal with their losses over the years. For instance, the firm recently recovered $5,000,000 for a family who lost a loved one in a garbage truck accident, $3,000,000 for a family who lost a loved one in a Long Island collision, $2,558,000 for the family of a textile worker killed in a motor vehicle accident, and $2,250,000 for the spouse of worker who lost his life in a construction accident. Each of these recoveries, among many others, provided the surviving family members the resources necessary to live their lives in the wake of tragedy and, hopefully, some measure of justice for what occurred.

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