Two civil claims may be filed when someone dies due to another party's carelessness. The victim's estate may initiate a survival action for losses suffered by the decedent. Under the Wrongful Death Act in Pennsylvania Code Section 2202, wrongful death claims may be filed only by family members entitled to recover damages – spouses, children and parents.
Greene County authorities suspected a worker died in a Feb. 11 explosion at a natural gas drilling site. A search was delayed eight days, as crews worked to stabilize conditions at the wells. The last time colleagues saw the 27-year-old man, the service technician was standing near a crane.