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Wrongful death suit involves multiple parties

Lawsuits alleging wrongful death are usually complex, may involve multiple defendants, involve a number of legal theories, are often tied up with cross-claims and counter-claims and may be defended in a variety of manners. In 2010, a Pennsylvania car accident resulted in three individuals killed after an allegedly drunken driver ran a red light. And while the individual that ran the red light is now spending a number of years in prison, family members of the individuals deceased are trying to figure out how the accident occurred and how to put their life back together again.

The driver who ran the red light had a blood alcohol content of .23 at the time of the crash. This driver's attorney alleged that the accident came about in part because his view was obstructed by a brick wall of an antique store. For that reason, the antique store now finds itself intertwined in the lawsuit.

Though it may be difficult for the average layperson to understand why an antique store and other individuals and businesses besides the driver must be pulled into such a suit, from the perspective of the attorney of family members that have brought this lawsuit this may be one of the few options towards recovery. The driver sitting in jail may be judgment proof, may not have had insurance at the time the accident occurred, and may have no personal assets that the courts could liquidate to pay off a judgment.

Family members already reeling from the loss of a family member may also find themselves financially strapped because of medical expenses owed and wages lost as they no longer have their loved one there to provide for them. The reason why their attorney plays such an important role is because the attorney may be able to provide for a means for the family to get back on its feet.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Bethlehem area antiques store an unlikely defendant in Anthony Bruno victims' lawsuit," by Sara K. Satullo, Feb. 3, 2012

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