An Illinois man died after a serious fall off the roof at Chicago’s O’Hare airport earlier this morning. According to the Chicago Tribune, the man, who was an electrician, was doing contract work at the airport as part of a contracting crew. At the time of the accident, the man was doing work on the roof of Terminal Five, when he fell from his spot thirty-five feet in the air to the ground below, landing on his back. The paramedics were called immediately following the accident, however the man was pronounced dead while still at the scene of the accident by the paramedics. At this time it is unknown exactly what type of work the victim was doing at the time of his fall or whether any safety precautions were in place at the time of the accident.
While it is unknown at this time whether or not the family of the victim will file a wrongful death lawsuit, they may choose to file a lawsuit once more is known about the accident. Once the family learns more about the accident, they may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those they believe may have acted negligently, causing the accident.
In cases where a person is killed as a result of someone else’s action, the family of the victim may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their family member that was killed by the negligent act. This option is available to family members of a victim, since the victim is no longer able to bring a claim themselves. This allows the family to hold the person accountable for their negligent actions, even though the party bringing the lawsuit was not the one injured by the negligent act.
If a loved one was killed by the negligent actions of another, and you believe you may have a claim against that person, please contact our office today to discuss what legal options may be available to you and your family. The surviving spouse or next of kin to the victim are entitled to bring the wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for the accident. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today, since there is a statute of limitations, or time limit, following the accident in which the family has to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the death of the victim. If the party entitled to bring the action on behalf of the victim is under the age of eighteen at the time of the accident, then that minor person has two years from the time they reach eighteen to bring the suit.