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Employers liable for murder

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in a case involving Home Depot and one of its employees. On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied Home Depot's request to reconsider its decision. This opens the company up to wrongful death lawsuit by the surviving family of one of its former employees. It also sets an important precedent regarding how companies may be held liable for the negligent or reckless acts of their employees.

Seeking monetary compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit

When a Pennsylvania resident loses a loved one in a car crash or workplace accident, they may have the ability to seek compensation for their loss. This is usually done by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Before a lawsuit can be filed, however, they must be able to show that the death was caused by negligence and that the death resulted in financial loss for the person filing the lawsuit.

Sending text messages to drivers could lead to lawsuits

Motorists who cause an accident while using mobile electronic devices while behind the wheel may face both civil and criminal sanctions, but recent court rulings indicate that those who send text messages to drivers could also be sued. A Pennsylvania court ruled in March 2016 that a lawsuit could proceed against defendants that included two men who sent text messages to a driver that may have led to a fatal crash.

Fatal Pennsylvania crash could lead to wrongful death claim

Because of their size, drivers of tractor trailers have a moral duty to take action to preserve their personal safety as well as the safety of those they may encounter. Unfortunately, the failure of truck drivers to follow basic traffic laws can result in serious accidents. Officials are still investigating a recent accident in Pennsylvania that resulted in a fatality. Family members of the deceased victim could ultimately decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit as a result. 

Victim's family may seek wrongful death after fatal crash

A man was recently killed after a car he was riding in was involved in a two-vehicle crash. Police say the accident occurred in Windsor Township on a recent Wednesday morning in December. In Pennsylvania, when individuals are killed in car accidents caused by another individual's negligence, their families or loved ones may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the party responsible.

Complicated matter: wrongful death or medical malpractice?

Have you ever considered how long a person has to file a medical malpractice lawsuit? And for that matter, when does the clock start ticking? Is it when the medical error occurs? Or is it when the patient realizes that an error may have occurred? What happens if the error becomes a fatal error, and the patient passes away?