Few will likely soon forget the tragic airplane accident that occurred in Northern California last year. Three individuals died after the airplane in which they were passengers crashed into a seawall as it prepared to land at the San Francisco airport. One of the individuals who died was a 16-year-old girl whose body was found outside of the airplane.
The unnecessary loss of life is always sad. It is particularly upsetting when the person who dies has not even reached adulthood. Most loved ones of young people who die before their time as a result of negligent actions of others do not know what to do after such as sad incident. A wrongful death lawsuit such as the one filed in this case is sometimes an option. Though the incident that caused the death can never be undone, the financial compensation sometimes helps. In addition, the lawsuit may provide a sense of closure.
Following the incident it was determined that the girl did not die in the accident but rather from the injuries she suffered when two emergency vehicles ran over her. While it is not clear how the girl ended up outside of the aircraft, covered in the foam used to ensure that a fire, the firefighters who responded to the crash said they did not stop and tend to the girl because they assumed she was dead. This was later revealed to be untrue after an autopsy was performed.
The girl’s parents recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a total of 37 individuals. In it, they allege that the people who were called to the scene to help breached their duty of care.
Source: CBS Sacramento, “Claim Filed For Girl Run Over After Asiana Plane Crash,” The Associated Press, Jan. 9, 2014
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