A fatal commercial truck accident in Queens left a beloved charity worker dead earlier this month. The victim, a 49-year-old man, was delivering milk to individuals in need during the Coronavirus Pandemic when tragedy struck. At a delivery stop serving the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens in Kew Gardens, the victim was directing the driver of the truck during a complicated reversing maneuver when the driver failed to stop in time. The truck crushed the victim, killing him instantly.
The victim was a native of Mexico and a beloved member of the community-remembered for his good works, being a good neighbor and community member. The tragedy struck hard for those who knew and worked with him here in the United States and his family back home in Mexico.
However, that doesn’t mean that there is no recourse for the victim’s surviving family members. Under New York’s no-fault law, the victim is eligible for benefits that will pay for all health-related expenses including hospital/medical expenses along with the funeral costs. In addition, the victim’s family can also bring a claim for pain and suffering for the time the victim survived after the accident and for the amount of money the victim would have contributed to the family household over his work lifetime.
Death cases are typically one of hardest kinds of cases to successfully litigate. Principally, because the injured party is no longer around to testify on his or her behalf to demonstrate what the other side did wrong. Only an experienced personal injury attorney has the knowledge and skill to gather the necessary evidence to ensure that case will be successful. This involves conducting a thorough and proper investigation; obtaining the police and critical eyewitness reports and statements; photographs of the scene; canvassing the area for surveillance footage, just to name a few.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in such a complicated situation, contact an experienced commercial truck accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 right now.