Recently on January 21, 2015, a fire swept through prospect heights damaging local businesses, destroying personal residences, and leaving one man dead.
According to reports, the fire department received a call about a fire on Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights around 3:30 in the morning. In total, about 198 firefighters were called to the scene to get the fire under control, which raged for nearly five hours.
Investigators determined that the flames started in the ground level hardware store and eventually spread to several apartments situated above it. According to the New York City Fire Department, the fire was the result of the electrical wiring from the hardware store’s neon sign, and thus accidental. The deceased victim, the owner of a nearby store, tragically passed away after attempting to flee the flames from a fourth floor window.
In the cases of accidental fires causing injury and death to a victim, a number of determinations must be undertaken to determine liability for victims involved. Some factors considered include whether the fire was linked to some sort of negligence in the construction of the neon light or whether or not the owner of the appliance dutifully maintained the device.
One thing to keep in mind about wrongful death cases in New York State is that damages for wrongful death are generally limited to economic damages, reserved to those dependent upon the deceased person; and to a claim for pain and suffering of a victim who survives the death. Other circumstances permit the award of damages, such as an award to the deceased victim’s surviving children for the loss of parental guidance.
The unexpected loss of a loved one is never an easy experience. If you have suffered the loss of loved one due to the faulty design of a product or negligent maintenance of a product, contact the experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorneys at the Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (718) 238-2400.