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Wrongful Death Case Results

A wrongful death lawsuit recognizes that it is not only the victim of a fatal accident who suffers a loss. Immediate family members such as spouses, parents, children and grandparents are also affected when a loved one dies, and they deserve to be compensated.

The following is a small sample of the great number of recoveries our firm has secured on behalf of the families of wrongful death victims:

$28 Million Dollar Verdict for Death Caused by Drunk Driver - An Allegheny County jury awarded one of the largest civil verdicts in county history to three families from Elizabeth, PA, who suffered death or injuries in a September 2009 crash which occurred in the Lincoln Place section of Pittsburgh. The accident happened when a young man had been drinking all day at a Gun Bash held at the Elks club on Buttermilk Hollow Road crashed within minutes after leaving the club.  Read the full case details here.

Multi-Million Dollar Recovery for Death in Aviation/Helicopter Accident - This case involved a young woman who died in a helicopter crash. Employing an expert team of aviation consultants, engineers, metallurgists and pilots, it was determined that the accident was the result of pilot error. Please click here to read the full case summary.

Large Multi-Million Dollar Recovery for Pedestrian Death Caused by Failure to Have Traffic Control Device - A young scientist from Pittsburgh was killed as she crossed the street with the right-of-way at a dangerous intersection near Frick Park. The intersection had been the scene of many prior accidents of which the City of Pittsburgh was aware. A large multi-million dollar jury verdict was obtained against the City for failure to have proper traffic control devices at the intersection. Attorney Gismondi and the family of the deceased woman donated part of the award to pay for a pedestrian safety flasher to be installed at the intersection so that it would be safer for the children and adults who used the nearby playground.

Seven-Figure Verdict for Death Caused by Aspiration - A 51-year-old woman who lived in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and was married to a local doctor underwent gastric bypass surgery. After being discharged to her home, she return to the hospital a few days later because of a bowel obstruction. While undergoing surgery to treat the bowel obstruction, the anesthesiologist did not properly insert the breathing tube (called an endotracheal tube), and the patient ended up with aspiration pneumonia and died several days later. She left two sons under the age of 10. We filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death claim and obtained a multi-million dollar recovery against Shadyside Hospital and the anesthesiologist.

Multi-Million Dollar Award for Hydrofracking Related Death - A 28-year-old gas service technician was killed when Chevron failed to properly supervise activity at the Marcellus Shale wellhead, and allowed the well to sit for nearly a year and build tremendous pressure. As a result, the seal on the well failed, leading to a large gas leak and eventual explosion. Read more about the case here.

Click here for more information on the wrongful death cases Gismondi & Associates has won on behalf of the immediate family members of victims.

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