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The widow of a city street sweeper receives a $41.5 million award

The wife of a deceased 43-year-old New York City sanitation worker was awarded $41.5 million in damages on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The 18-year veteran with the city's sanitation department was making repairs to his own sweeper when his fellow employee lost control of one of his own.

A married father of four, the man suffered a fatal crush injury when his coworker's sweeper went rogue pinning him against a wall in a Maspeth garage in June of 2014.

The lawsuit that had originally been filed in the case cited one of the man's fellow employees as having been negligent the day of the accident. The sweeper had reportedly gone rogue after the worker failed to shift its gear into park before removing his foot from its brake pedal. Attorneys for the city, who were representing the negligent employee, had cited faulty equipment for the unfortunate series of events.

Testimony in the case lasted just under a week. Once turned over to the jury, it took the panel of two men and four women less than one and a half hours to return a verdict.

In addition to the $41.5 million settlement, they also awarded the widow an additional $1.5 million for her husband having endured pain and suffering while conscious after the incident occurred. It has been presented at trail that the man suffered from his injuries for as long as three minutes before dying from them.

As for their response to the verdict, the city said that they never contested the fact that this was a tragic accident. They, however, note that the jury's award seems unreasonably high. They noted that they intend to appeal the matter in hopes of getting the award reduced.

The worker's kids were ages 7 weeks, three, eight and 11 at the time of his death.

If you've been seriously injured on the job or if you've lost a loved one in a workplace incident, then a Queens personal injury attorney can advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your case.

Source: New York Post, "Widow of city worker killed by street sweeper awarded $41.5M," Julia Marsh, accessed Nov. 16, 2017

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