The New York
State Bar Associationmobilized its Mass Disaster Response
Committee to help victims' families after last week's crash of
Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence.
Committee members worked with federal, state and local
authorities as well as emergency response personnel to provide disaster
assistance, the association announced.
NYSBA President Bernice Leber commended the committee
for its quick response and reminded attorneys to respect the privacy of
Members of the Mass Disaster Response Committee opened
an assistance center to answer questions and provide information in the
event family members were solicited by attorneys.
Continental Airlines' hotline for family and friends
of crash victims is (800) 621-3263.
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‘Dozens’ of 3407 civil lawsuits likely
It’s been more than a
week since Continental Airlines Flight 3407 fell from the sky, but it
will take months, maybe years, for the families of the 50 people who
died to confront the harsh reality of the damage caused by the
Stephen Foley, a personal-injury attorney who’s a partner in Paul William Beltz PC, is representing the
family of Douglas Wielinski, the ClarenceCenter man who died when the
aircraft crashed into his home.
His wife, Karen, and
daughter Jill managed to escape the burning wreckage; now they must deal
with the reality of losing not only their husband and father, Foley
said, but their worldly possessions.
“There are so many
basic issues this family is facing,” he said. “They have
nothing to go back to, and they have to try and figure out: How do we
rebuild our lives?”