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Fatal construction accident leads to wrongful death lawsuit

Construction sites are dangerous places, and the workers who have to be on these sites for many hours every day for months on end put their lives at risk -- quite literally, as our source article shows.

A 34-year-old man was scheduled to install rebar and other iron reinforcements for the concrete structures of a new building that is expected to be leased by Apple. The worker was six stories up and was walking across a plywood plank to reach the area he needed to work on. As he walked across, the platform collapsed and he fell to his death. The platform had supports underneath it, but they were removed prior to the 34-year-old walking across the platform. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came to this conclusion after investigating the matter.

The 34-year-old's wife has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a number of construction companies and contractors involved with the project. She claims emotional distress, premises liability, wrongful death, and negligence on the part of these companies and contractors.

Construction accidents are devastating incidents that often leave the victims with serious or life-changing injuries. Sometimes the incidents are fatal, and it isn't just one life that is lost. Many other lives are shattered or changed forever as a result of a fatal construction accident. Quantifying this loss is impossible, even though attempts are made through the legal process. A lawsuit can hold the negligent parties responsible for the construction accident while giving you a modicum of justice served.

Source: Mercury News, "Widow files wrongful death suit in fatal construction fall in Sunnyvale," Victoria Kezra, Sept. 1, 2017

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