Family Of NYC Crane Collapse Victim Wins Trial Preference

By Benjamin Horney (April 3, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT) -- A New York state judge on Wednesday granted trial preference to the family of a construction worker killed in a May 2008 crane collapse because the victim's father is more than 70 years old and relied on his son for income.

Judge Manuel Mendez based his decision off section 3404(a)(4) of the state's labor law, which stipulates that trial preference in a civil case must be granted to "a party who has reached the age of 70 years," and is the "major beneficiary of any recovery," which would include the parent of a deceased person in a wrongful death action....

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