News reports that the family of the young girl killed in the aftermath of the Asiana airport crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of San Francisco. According to Associated Press, the negligence lawsuit claims that the rescuers were reckless and poorly trained.
They further alleged the firefights made a mistake by failing to examine the girl and move her somewhere safe.
A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to a personal injury case but is brought by the surviving family members of an individual killed as the result of another's negligent or reckless conduct. This type of lawsuit typically may be brought by the parents, a spouse, or a brother or sister. Damages recovered may include medical expenses, emotional distress, lost wages and in some cases punitive damages. If you have questions about wrongful death lawsuits, it is critical to consult with a top San Francisco negligence attorney right away.
In this instance, interviews for an ongoing National Traffic Safety Board investigation determined that the young girl was covered with foam and struck twice - once by a fire rig spraying foam whose driver had seen and driven around her earlier during the commotion and a second time by a second truck that was turning around to get water. The wrongful death lawsuit is based in part on these actions. It is hoped that as a result of this tragedy procedures and firefighter training at airports for emergency situations will improve.
For more information, or if you have be seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as the result of negligence or recklessness, please contact the knowledgeable San Francisco wrongful death lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.