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Upper East Side Crane Accident Leads to Wrongful Death Trial

November 20, 2014 | Michael Barasch

A May 2008 accident featuring the collapse of a 200-foot-tall crane on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has had a lasting legal impact. Now, a wrongful death trial that had previously been postponed is once again up and running, and the owner of the crane is the defendant in yet another lawsuit stemming from the accident. 

Already acquitted in a criminal case in 2012 surrounding the accident, James Lomma now faces negligence charges in the wrongful death case filed by families on behalf of two men who died in the accident. During the accident, the top-most portions of the crane somehow broke and snapped apart, tumbling to the ground and killing the operator of the crane and a nearby sewer worker who was on the ground. 

The relatives of the workers have filed a variety of lawsuits in relation to the incident, but believe Lomma to be at fault, claiming that he was cutting costs by ordering shoddy repairs to the equipment. These poorly done repairs, according to the family, were the cause of the accident. 

When filing a wrongful death suit, families must be able to prove negligence on the part of the defendant. In this case, Lomma’s alleged decision to save money by skimping on maintenance costs would likely be the crux of a negligence argument in the wrongful death case. 

If you have lost a loved one as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be awarded some compensation. Speak with a New York wrongful death attorney from [ln::firm_name] for more information about filing your claim and how you can proceed in your case.

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