While work on construction sites comes with many known dangers, death should never be one of them. 34 year-old Jose Luis Delgado died earlier this year after a 76 foot fall from a new building he had been working on at 222 N. Wolfe Road (a property anticipated but not confirmed to be leased by Apple). Lopez's widow, Irma Vargas has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the various parties she believes contributed to her husband's avoidable death: Level 10 Construction, Webcor Builders, Alamillo Webar Inc. and Central Wolfe LLC.
The Mercury News reports on the details of the lawsuit, "According to the OSHA file on the incident, the collapse was the result of supports under the platform being removed. The file states that Webcor employees removed the supports which the complaint alleges was done to save money. That morning Delgado was assigned to trim rebar and cables for concrete work."
So what happens in a personal injury lawsuit like this when there are multiple defendants named? A very common thing, courts will look at the level of responsibility for the injury or death (if any) and each party would then be held accountable for that percentage. In some instances, it may be found that a named party is not responsible at all or that one party is completely responsible. The analysis on these cases can get complicated quickly, especially when certain parties are unwilling to cooperate. One of the major benefits to naming multiple responsible defendants is that it helps to ensure that a victim will actually get the money the are awarded because it hedges against insolvent defendants.
Dealing with a serious personal injury or death in California? Do not hesitate to get in touch with us today to discuss your case further. We are here to help you with all your legal needs so that money does not add to your stress during this difficult time. Do not miss your opportunity to file a lawsuit by waiting too long!