Carol McGivern Injured In Car Accident After Being Hit By Charity Worker Backing Up His Pickup Truck to Off-Load Food Outside the Washington County Annex Building In Parking Lot
FORT EDWARD, NEW YORK (January 5, 2018) – A 70-year-old woman was injured in a pedestrian car accident after a man working for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York backed into her and pinned her against a parked semi truck.
Fort Edward police have been able to identify that woman hit by the GMC pickup truck as Carol A McGivern.
Authorities arrived at the scene of the collision and found Carol McGivern on the ground with facial and chest injuries from the car accident.
The 81-year-old driving the pickup was helping off-load food for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York deliveries.
For reasons that are still being investigated, the man accelerated while backing up and pinned the victim to a parked big rig truck.
Bad weather prevented a helicopter from airlifting the victim to the hospital.
But Carol McGivern was taken in an ambulance to the Albany Medical Center.
The Ford Edward truck accident that injured Carol McGivern remains under investigation.
LIABILITY IN ACCIDENTS WITH VOLUNTEERS FOR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
Generally speaking, charities in New York are open to tort liability if they are responsible for a person’s injuries. It hasn’t always been this way, but a number of states including New York have abandoned the Charitable Immunity Doctrine. If a person is injured by a charity worker that operates within the scope of their employment, the charity that the person works for could be held liable. If that negligent party is a volunteer, that volunteer may have protection under the federal Volunteer Protection Act, but this does not extend to the charity that the volunteer worked for. That charity may be responsible for the volunteers actions and vulnerable to a tort claim. In either situation a person may be able to file a claim for damages in order to be reimbursed for medical care, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic car accident that injured Carol McGivern. We extend our thoughts and prayers to her and her family as she continues to recover. Anyone that witnessed what happened should contact the Fort Edward Police Department for the sake of all of those that have been affected. We sincerely hope that the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York will put measures in place to make sure that something similar does not happen in the future.
If you or someone that you love has been injured through the negligence of a person working or volunteering for a charity, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.