The owner of Delicioso Coco Helado, a beloved Bronx institution since the 1960s, was killed early in the morning on September 19 when he was crushed underneath a security gate.
Surveillance footage shows Alfredo Thiebaud, 74, had already pressed a button to lower the gate and was attempting to dump garbage and make it back inside before the gate had fully lowered. This was apparently his regular way of performing this task, but on this occasion he slipped and fell and was unable to get up before the gate came down.
While initial reports do not seem to point to any mechanical failure or defect in the security gate, this accident may serve as a reminder that our loved ones may be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.
In situations where a person is killed due to the negligence of another party, that person’s loved ones may be able to seek compensation. When filing a wrongful death suit, there are a number of factors for which the family or other loved ones might seek damages:
- Economic damages: This can include compensation for funds expended on medical treatment, funeral and burial arrangement and any other expenses directly related to the accident. Additionally, the family may sue for the loss of expected future earnings and benefits.
- Non-economic damages: This typically includes pain and suffering, as well as the loss of relationship, which might include the loss of support and care from a spouse or the loss of guidance and nurturing from a parent. These losses are generally intangible, but can be considerable.
- Punitive damages: In an effort to deter future negligence, typically in the event of especially poor conduct, survivors may be awarded punitive damages.
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