The four dedicated Wilmington firefighters who responded to a fire call on September 24, 2016 in Canby Park had every right to expect the full support of the City. Tragically, only one of the four firefighters survived the blaze, whose cause was later determined to be arson. The Delaware civil rights lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, in partnership with The Neuberger Firm, will represent the surviving firefighter. Our goal is to secure justice for our client, honor the memory of the three firefighters who died, and convince city officials to change policies so that tragedies like this may be prevented in the future.
Jacobs & Crumplar and The Neuberger Firm have partnered in the past to resolve civil rights cases for Plaintiffs in Delaware. Their successes include a $1.5 million settlement for the family of Jeremy “Bam” McDole, who was fatally shot by Wilmington police in September 2015. Most recently, the firms achieved a record-breaking settlement for victims of the prison riot at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Delaware. The monetary value to our clients was over $8 million and was the largest amount ever paid by the State of Delaware.
Wilmington’s “rolling bypass” policy mandates City fire trucks shut down for 24 hours on a rotating basis, leaving vast areas of Wilmington and its citizens unprotected. This is done in the interest of cost savings to the City.
However, taking a single fire engine out of service can delay emergency response time by three or four minutes. During these critical moments, even a small fire can transform into a deadly inferno. It is every firefighter’s and every citizen’s right to have the utmost protection, and we hope to send a message that the rolling bypass policy comes at far too high a cost.
If you have been injured because of the rolling bypass policy, or because of other negligence on the part of the City, our Wilmington civil rights lawyers will evaluate your claim to determine if you have an actionable case. We will work tirelessly to secure the financial compensation you need now and for the future. To arrange a free consultation, call the legal team at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. today at (302) 656-5445, or contact us online. From our offices in Wilmington and Georgetown, we represent clients across the state, including those in Dover and throughout downstate Delaware.
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