Near the end of April, a 38-year-old engineer died of a spinal injury when a part of the Freedom Park wall collapsed on his car. He had been sitting in the car talking on his phone. He left behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
The mechanical engineer by training was a partner in a City firm he and his friend started seven years ago – SP Engineers and Contractors. The victim’s friend and business partner said it was “an unbearable loss” to loss his friend of more than two decades.
The victim had been looking for a parking spot and had been unable to find one. His friend blames the rain on the difficulty in finding a spot. He had been on his way to meet his business partner and two other friends at a hotel, as they did almost every day. When he didn’t show, his partner tried to call him, but didn’t get an answer. When they heard the wall had fallen, all three who were to meet him rushed to the scene and found him in his car crushed under the debris.
A New York Spinal Injury Attorney recalls the tragic incident and says that in such cases it is probably possible to claim compensation of some type from the parties who built the wall if it can be proven that negligence or shoddy craftsmanship was the cause of the collapse.
The NY Spinal Injury Attorney said that it was still unclear to what extent the rain had on the wall collapse, if any. Similar car accidents have been reported in both Manhattan and Long Island.
The rain did cause an electrocution in the City that same weekend. A 28-year-old IT professional was killed on SJP Road when he came in contact with a live wire that had fallen on the ground during the torrential rain. The man was crossing the road, wading through a puddle of water. He probably slipped and his hand touched one of the high voltage wires, his cousin reported. The post-graduate in mathematics, also had an MCA degree. He leaves behind his parents and two younger siblings.
If you or someone you love is injured at the hands of another, contact a New York Spinal Injury Attorney to get your questions about a possible legal action answered. The Office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates can offer you support and guidance as well as a free consultation when you contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW. We have offices in N York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx and in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.