Posted on February 22, 2018
A New Jersey man was killed this morning after an electrical beam collapsed onto multiple vehicles in a Lehigh Tunnel in Pennsylvania. The coroner arrived at the scene and pronounced Howard Sexton, 70, dead at the scene. Sexton was driving a tractor-trailer when the beam fell from the tunnel, breaking his windshield and hitting him. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of Sexton during this time.
What happens when your loved one has been killed by outside forces and you aren’t sure where to turn? In many vehicle-related accidents, another driver is at fault for any injuries or fatalities due to negligence. However, wrongful death claims become entirely complicated when they involve other aspects, like an electrical beam falling from a tunnel.
Let’s take a closer look at the example used in the accident previously mentioned. This could very well be an act of negligence from the municipality, because of a faulty beam that was not properly secured or maintained. Because of this, you may have a claim against the municipality in which the accident occurred. For Howard Sexton’s family, this would mean a wrongful death claim against a government entity. These cases can be somewhat complicated, but not impossible.
Before you take your first steps into your wrongful death claim after losing a loved one, you will need to speak to an attorney. An attorney will help you meet any statute of limitations and give what is called a ‘notice of claim.’ The notice of claim is a document that is filed to show whether or not you have a case for a wrongful death according to the circumstances. If the government approves your claim, you can move forward with your case.
Claims against a municipality can sometimes become confusing and complex cases, with the introduction of many elements that you may not understand. The extent of your loved one’s injuries will be examined, down to any damages they may have suffered as a result of the accident. However, if you are approved, you may be able to accept damages for aspects like medical bills prior to the fatality, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and so much more. This is why you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible regarding your claim. You want the best results, and we can help you at Edelstein, Martin & Nelson. Call us today for more information at 888-208-1810.