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Freak Accidents or Negligence?

In a freak accident at the U.S. Capital building, a tree branch fell killing a man who was working on the property.

On April 18th, the victim was working on an irrigation pipe when a branch from an American elm tree broke free and fell onto him. The tree split at the trunk with a four foot diameter section tipping at ground level next to the sidewalk, according to a report. The section of the tree is between 30 and 40 feet in length.

The man was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

According to a spokesperson with the federal agency that preserves and maintains the grounds and landmark buildings, arborists monitor the trees on the Capital complex regularly. In light of the accident, they will be conducting additional inspections and evaluations of all the trees to make sure they pose no danger. There are about 890 trees in the immediate area around the Capitol building and more than 4,300 trees throughout the entire 274-acre Capitol grounds.

On April 30th, a tree fell across two campers in a Pennsylvania campground, killing a 10-year-old girl. Emergency personnel had to cut the tree and the camper to reach the trapped girl. She was unconscious and not breathing. The incident was called “a freak accident” by the fire chief.

Were these really freak accidents or should the property owners and/or an arborist have known the trees were at risk of falling, but failed to have it inspected and/or removed?

While the scenario may seem unusual, injuries and deaths from falling trees are fairly common. If you or a loved one has been injured by a falling tree, it is important to contact an experienced attorney to understand your rights.

“Liability” is an important issue in any premises liability case. To prove liability, a plaintiff must prove negligence.

A lawsuit can claim that the property owner knew or should have known that a tree on the property was dead or in some way posed a serious risk of falling onto the road and seriously injuring or killing someone. A suit may also be able to claim that the dangerous condition of the tree was obvious to any “reasonable person” who looked at it because it showed signs of damage or decay.

Seeking compensation will help cover funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages, but it will not be ease. These types of cases typically take a long time to settle, and that can lead to financial struggles. With a solid lawsuit as collateral, plaintiffs can apply for litigation funding; an emergency cash advance to pay the bills while awaiting a settlement.

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Don’t struggle financially during your pending claim and don’t settle for less than you deserve when our services may be a valuable asset to you. If you have sustained significant injuries, or lost a loved one, due to the negligence of someone else and need financial assistance, Lawsuit Financial may be able to help. Complete the contact form on this website for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.