A tragedy in Philadelphia made national news recently. The planned demolition of a building turned deadly when a four-story brick wall came crashing down onto a small Salvation Army Thrift Store next door. Six people who were in the one-story shop were killed in this fatal accident and another 13 were injured.
Ultimately it’s up to the courts to decide if a death was a wrongful death, or a death by natural causes or an accident. In most cases there’s little dispute, but in some cases the final determination can be difficult to reach.
A Pennsylvania worker was killed in a construction accident last month after falling 25 feet to his death. The 28-year old worker was involved in the construction of a barn at the time that the accident occurred.
Wrongful death lawsuits are often lengthy and difficult to prosecute. The heirs of two individuals killed in Pennsylvania in 2008 unsuccessfully attempted to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against a country club where an alleged drunk driver was drinking prior to the fatal accident taking place. In a 10-2 vote, the jury ruled that the reported drunk driver was 100 percent at fault for the accident taking place.