In New York, the Zone of Danger rule is enforced to provide legal recourse for immediate family members who witnessed a parent, spouse, sibling, or child’s injury or death in an accident. According to the rule, the witness does not have to have received injury in the accident; however, he or she must prove three things:
1. Physical or emotional trauma was inflicted on the witness
2. The witness was aware of the injury or death of his or her family member as it happened
3. The witness is an immediate family member, a father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother, of the injured or deceased individual
Attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, know how devastating an injurious or fatal accident can be – especially for the surviving loved ones. Call us at 866-LAWS-USA to find out more about Zone of Danger litigation and discuss your options with an experienced attorney.
Liability for injuries in a construction accident largely depends on the cause of the accident. In some cases, equipment manufacturers may be liable for damage caused by faulty machinery, tools, or any other defective structure. In other accidents, negligence on the part of co-workers or third party contractors may be to blame. Property owners may be held liable in some cases, particularly if an accident was caused by ground conditions. Other instances may be the result of employer negligence, when an employer does not ensure that a construction site abides by certain safety standards, or workers are not properly trained.
If you have experienced a construction accident and are unsure who could be held liable, an attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP, can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries. Call our offices in New York at Hach & Rose, LLP today to discuss your particular case and your options for recourse.