If a family believes that another party's negligence caused the death of their loved one, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those parties. One family recently filed such a lawsuit in Pittsburgh after a woman living near the Armstrong County Jail was killed. Authorities have charged an escapee and inmate-trustee for the death, but the family believes that Armstrong County and the jail's outgoing warden were also responsible. The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
When a fatal car accident occurs, many people assume that one of the drivers was at fault. However, this is not always the case. Some motor vehicle accidents in Pittsburgh are caused by defects in the vehicle itself. In such cases, the victims' families may file a wrongful death suit against the manufacturer of the vehicle.
Did you know that in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 5.6 million car accidents? Thankfully, most of these accidents are minor and only leave people with damage to their cars or property. However, serious car accidents occur, often leaving victims with significant injuries and sometimes death.
One of the most difficult times in a person's life is when they have to deal with the loss of a loved one. The grieving process can be especially difficult when the person dies in a sudden and unexpected way. Fatal car accidents can leave families in complete turmoil, unsure about what to do next.
When a fatal car accident occurs, both criminal and civil charges may be filed against all responsible parties. Even when criminal charges are dropped, the family of the victim may still proceed with their wrongful death suit in civil court and may recover damages from the driver responsible for the accident.
Fatal car accidents leave the victim’s families in Pennsylvania and elsewhere struggling to hold on. On top of their emotional grief, families will often have never-ending medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses to worry about. However, wrongful death lawsuits may make the coping process a little bit easier for grieving families.
No matter the environment an individual is in, when he or she is experiencing health problems, it is presumed that proper steps will be taken by medical professionals. Even in situations where a patient is in jail or prison, employees of the institution are required to take appropriate steps to ensure proper medical treatment of inmates.
The shale gas drilling explosion from last February in which a 27-year-old contracted worker and future father was killed has been settled. The explosion, which happened in February 2014 in Dunkard, Greene County, PA, killed the man as he and another worker were rushing toward the blast area after hearing a loud hissing noise. The man worked for Cameron International Corporation, a company contracted by Chevron to work the well site. The victim, who was from Warren, PA, has had an estate set up for his son. The victim died before his boy was born.