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Con Ed Wins Dismissal of Wrongful Death Claim By Family of Electrocuted/Burn Victim

On June 19, 2018, the appellate court covering Manhattan upheld the pre-trial dismissal of a wrongful death claim filed by the family of a 23 year old female who was electrocuted and burned to death when she came in contact with a downed live power line during Superstorm Sandy. Simply summarized, the Court held that: "the decedent's recklessness in approaching live power wires in the midst of a major storm in order to take photographs was the sole legal cause oh her death." The Court emphasized that even if Con Ed was negligent in maintenance of of the power lines or responding promptly to the emergency, "decedent's recklessness was a superseding cause of her death."

It was noted that the decedent had ample warning of the dangers in venturing outside her home because she had been shocked when when she touched a metal gate in front of her home, and then returned to her home, but went out again - barefoot - to take photos. Her boyfriend told the police that he warned her not to go outside because the live wires were jumping around. The police report concluded that while taking photos a live wire jumped hitting the victim which caused her to go on fire. Abraham v Consolidate Edison, 2018 WL 3026293

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts " and "Top New York Settlements." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He was a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!


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