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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed In Worker Death At American Dream Construction Project

Eric S. Papenfuhs, 37, was killed on Oct. 9, 2019

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In the wake of the death of a construction worker at American Dream Mall two years ago, the family of the worker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Meadowlands mall and numerous businesses linked with its development.

East Rutherford, New Jersey – In the wake of the death of a construction worker at American Dream Mall two years ago, the family of the worker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Meadowlands mall and numerous businesses linked with its development.

Papenfuhs was killed on October 9, 2019, when the Bobcat vehicle he was driving collided with the rear of a flatbed truck at the East Rutherford Mall, according to a lawsuit filed in October 2021. He was 37 years old at the time of the accident.

According to the lawsuit, the flatbed’s trailer was on an inadequately marked lane in a dimly lighted parking lot of the mall when it was struck by the truck.

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Among those named are Ameream LLC and its management, the Triple Five Group of Companies, and trucking and construction companies affiliated with the job site. The lawsuit was brought by the victim’s father, Roy H. Papenfuhs, of Hunterdon County, and Chryle Wright, who is serving as administrator.

The legal action alleges that in order to complete his work, Papenfuhs was compelled to operate the Bobcat vehicle inside a parking structure that housed the goods he needed. According to the lawsuit, the area lacked enough overhead lighting, resulting in a potentially hazardous situation. It also states, Papenfuhs was unable to detect the improperly parked trailer prior to the collision.

Medical reports within the suit say Papenfuhs suffered from debilitating pain, as well as anxiety and mental suffering, as well as a fear of impending death.

An undetermined amount of money in damages is sought in exchange for a jury trial and insurance coverage information. Counsel for a trucking firm implicated in the lawsuit filed an answer in Superior Court denying any misconduct on their client’s behalf.

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