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An Alabama Accident Spells Tragedy for a Kansas Family

Everyone makes mistakes, and accidents are undoubtedly a part of a life. But not all mistakes or accidents are created equally. Unfortunately, sometimes serious accidents can result in death, and although no amount of compensation can ever replace a deceased loved one, family members can gain a sense of closure by filing a wrongful death action to hold responsible parties accountable for their wrongdoing. For one Kansas family however, what is being called a "freak" accident has irreversibly changed their lives.

In March 2013, a Kansas family was at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama. The family of seven had just returned from a vacation to the Florida panhandle. As the family was making their way through the airport, a large flight status board suddenly fell, injuring the mother and three of her children. The board was approximately 9 feet tall and weighed between 300 and 400 pounds. It took five or six bystanders to remove the steel structure from the individuals. The mother was immediately transported to the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham as a result of sustaining critical injuries. She was later released from the hospital after more than a week long stay. The three children were transported to Children's Hospital of Alabama, where two of the children, ages 5 and 8, were treated and later released. Tragically, the third child, a ten year old boy, died as a result of his extensive injuries.

The tragedy has left has left many in the community reeling, and also, shaking their heads in disbelief how this could have happened - especially since the terminal had just recently re-opened after being closed for extensive renovations costing over $200 million dollars. One media source even referred to the event as a "freak accident." Although the incident was definitely an accident, it seems too early to know for sure whether the events that led up to this event were truly a "freak" accident or something that was foreseeable and perhaps, preventable. One witness said the flight status board did not appear to be securely fastened to the wall, suggesting negligence on the part of the airport and those charged with running it.

A few days following the young boy's death, reports suggested that a similar flight status board was still in use by the airport, despite questions regarding its safety. One preliminary report suggested that the boards may be safe to use if they are close to and properly anchored to the wall. However, the investigation is still ongoing and there is no current cause or explanation as to what exactly caused the board to fall.

Not all accidents make the news, but that does not diminish the fact that in Kansas, survivors of a person killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another have the right to bring a wrongful death claim in order to help recoup the financial consequences associated with their loss. In some instances, as part of a wrongful death action, loved ones are also able to correct the problem(s) that caused the tragedy so that it cannot happen to any other family.

If a loved one was killed in an accident, I invite you to contact the Hyland Law Firm today at 913-498-1911 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Trust the team of caring professionals at the Hyland Law Firm to provide you with superior personal injury services. The tragic death of a loved one is something no one should have to endure alone. For over two decades, I have helped families obtain answers and the compensation they deserve.

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