Freak accidents of the caliber portrayed in films like the horror franchise Final Destination do happen in real life, but you don’t have to look for a supernatural explanation for them. In most cases, it’s due to someone’s lapse in judgment or ignorance.

A boy in New York undergoing a routine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan was killed in 2013 when an oxygen tank was pulled in by the machine’s powerful magnet. The canister should not have been there in the first place. The hospital takes full responsibility, but does not say who was actually responsible for the canister being in the room.

More recently, a man working on a cell tower in Kentucky was also a victim of a freak accident when the rigging he was on failed, sending a cable whizzing towards him, killing the man instantly. Of the four workers on the site, three were untouched. An investigation is underway, and there is a possibility that the malfunction is due to improper maintenance or installation of the rig. If it this turns out to be a case, it would be time to turn it over to Louisville personal injury lawyers.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, freak accidents are primarily the end result of somebody’s negligence or recklessness, and it can be difficult to trace the provenance.   In the first case, the hospital acknowledged its liability, so it was not necessary to file a medical malpractice or wrongful death suit. In the second case, liability for the construction accident may not be so easy to resolve, and may implicate several defendants such as the construction company and the equipment manufacturer.

If you or an immediate family member has been seriously injured in a freak accident, you need to find out if it was due to negligence. If it may be, hire an experienced personal injury or wrongful death lawyer in your state to mount an investigation to find out for sure.

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