New York City Injury News — A wrongful death claim that resulted from a State Island Ferry crash in 2003 was recently settled for $8.7 million.
The widow of Jon Healy brought the claim against New York City. Mr. Healy was one of eleven killed in the crash that injured over 50 others. The accident occurred after the ferry failed to come to a stop when reaching the dock, and crashed at a high speed. The pilot of the boat was found to be fatigued and also on pain medication during the time of the crash. The pilot was charged and pleaded guilty to manslaughter as a result of negligence, and received an 18-month prison sentence.
The wrongful death settlement was among the highest ever achieved in New York State. New York personal injury law has provisions for those injured in this type of accident, and also permits wrongful death claims for the families of the deceased. Victims injured in the 2003 accident may require the assistance of a personal injury attorney to pursue and receive the compensation they may be entitled to under law. Statutes of limitation restrict the ability to sue unless prompt steps are taken to protect legal rights.
New York personal injury law is complex, and can be difficult for injured victims to comprehend without the assistance of a legal expert well versed in this area of law. Lawyers who practice throughout New York State will assist personal injury victims with valid claims.
By: New York City Injury Lawyers of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo PC – Personal Injury Lawyers in New York and New Jersey serving the communities of New York City, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, Nassau County, Suffolk County and all upstate New York Counties.