It is an unfortunate reality that fatal accidents can take place unexpectedly and under various circumstances. Individuals can be enjoying an outdoor activity when a structure that is not soundly secured collapses and injures individuals near the structure. In such cases, parties could be seriously or fatally injured, and individuals may wish to consider their options for personal injury and wrongful death claims.
A recent accident in Illinois may lead to such legal claims after multiple people suffered injuries. Reports stated that a festival was taking place when a storm occurred in the area. Many individuals attending the festival entered a tent in order to get out of the storm. Unfortunately, winds from the storm caused the tent to come unsecured, and it collapsed on numerous people.
It was reported that one individual was fatally injured and at least three others were seriously injured. Additionally, fifteen people were transported from the scene for treatment of other injuries. It is unclear whether the tent was properly secured at the time of the incident. Authorities will likely continue to investigate and determine what parties could potentially be held liable for the results of the tragic accident.
Due to the outcomes of this incident, negatively affected parties may want to explore legal options for seeking compensation. The seriously injured parties and the family of the deceased victim may have cause to file civil claims against parties held liable for the event. Information on personal injury and wrongful death claims could assist interested parties in pursuing compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and other damages allowable under Illinois law.
Source: MSN, “Man killed when storm slams tent down on crowd near Chicago”, Don Babwin, Aug. 2, 2015