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Pennsylvania jury awards $3.2 million in wrongful death case

A woman from Canonsburg just outside of the Pittsburgh area was awarded a $3.2 million verdict by a jury following the death of her husband. Her husband was killed in an accident when mining equipment fell from a tractor-trailer while being transported and struck her husband's pickup truck.

In the wrongful death action, the jury attributed 90 percent of the responsibility of the death to the driver of the truck and rental company that was transporting the mining equipment, and another 10 percent to the owners of the mining equipment. It appears that the piece of equipment that fell was placed on top of another piece of equipment without being secured in any way.

Besides being married, the 36-year old deceased man had two daughters that were 7 and 14-years old. He'd been employed as an engineer for a company that builds water filtration plants.

Hopefully, readers can understand why a verdict in this matter would be this large. A $3.2 million verdict will not completely make up for the future wages that this man would likely earn. It will help the family cover a number of expenses and maybe allow the two young girls to pursue educational goals such as college.

There really is no dollar figure that one can put on the services and support the man would provide to his wife and two daughters. The means that personal injury attorneys can help family members is to make certain they are not forced to suffer emotionally or financially anymore than they already have.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Jury awards $3.2 million to widow of man killed in highway accident," by Paula Reed Ward, Oct. 6, 2012

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