The family of a young boy who was killed after a large and heavy digital sign, displaying arrival and departure times at an airport, fell on him filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the electronic sign as well as against the contractor that installed the electronic sign at the airport. The airport is not included as a defendant in this specific lawsuit, because the state in which the accident occurred does not allow injured parties or the families of injured parties to sue airports for liability.
The tragic accident occurred earlier this year when the young boy and his family were on their way home from a family vacation. The young boy, his brother and his mom were standing underneath where the sign was hanging and when the sign unexpectedly fell they were all hit by the sign as it crashed down. The young boywas unable to recover from his severe injuries and ended up dying as a result of the accident. The boy’s brother and mother suffered serious personal injuries, however they have since recovered from their injuries.
At this time, the trial date for this case is scheduled for November of next year and according to KSHB News, the family of the young boy are happy that the courts set the trial date and allowed the case to begin moving along, hoping it will provide some closure to their terrible ordeal. While nothing will ever fix what was done to their family, the lawsuit will hopefully provide compensation for their loss.
Parties or persons that act negligently and do not use the appropriate standard of care when creating a product or completing a job, must be held responsible for their actions if their product or their workmanship is responsible for an injury, or like in this case if their actions are responsible for a wrongful death.
Wrongful death lawsuits are a way in which family members of a person killed by someone else’s negligence or misconduct can recover damages from the party responsible. While the family may not have suffered physical injuries from the person responsible (in this case the brother and mother were injured but this wrongful death lawsuit does not address their injuries and family members not injured may bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of a family member), this option allows a way for the family of the victim to hold the party or person accountable for their actions.
If your loved one was killed as a result of the actions of another person or another company’s product or work, please contact our office today. Our attorneys have helped numerous families help to find some sense of closure in the wake of terrible tragedy and have helped numerous families recover monetary damages for hospital and other bills related to the accident, loss of income and other damages that resulted from the wrongful death. Please contact our office immediately, as there is a time limit on when wrongful death suits may be filed following the incident, in Illinois.