A South Carolina woman was riding in an SUV driven by her husband when the vehicle went off the side of the road and hit a guardrail. Highway guardrails are meant to absorb the impact of a crash, keep the vehicle from going too far off the roadway, and perform another critical function. The pieces are supposed to "telescope," or fold into one another so that the long metal pieces do not cause additional danger.
If a family member is killed in an accident, you could be entitled to compensation depending on the circumstances. A wrongful death lawsuit allows individuals who lose loved ones in fatal accidents due to the negligence of others to collect compensation on behalf of the deceased individual. However, an accidental death, while tragic, does not necessarily equate to compensation. There are many factors that the courts take into consideration.
Pennsylvania has been featured rather heavily in the news recently, but not for a particularly pleasant reason. A terrible crash involving an Amtrak train has brought the potential safety hazards of trains into the public eye and cast doubt on whether trains are truly a safe method of transportation. Official reports indicate that the accident injured more than 200 people and killed eight. Some victims were still in the hospital nearly a week after the accident.
Judicial districts in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are beginning to show new trends in asbestos litigation for asbestos-related illness. Filings for asbestos cases are remaining steady in Pittsburgh and are starting to rise in Philadelphia. The difference is who those cases are being brought against. Generally, asbestos cases used to be brought against shipyard conglomerates and industry front-runners; however, there is now more of a shift toward lawsuits that involve manufacturers of building materials that contained asbestos.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or an accident that was caused by another person, you could be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit involves a claim against a party that was responsible for the death of another person when that death was not intentional, but instead caused by recklessness or negligence. Wrongful death can come in many forms, but one of the most common types of wrongful death is a fatal motor vehicle accident.
Reality show fans in Pennsylvania be interested to know that a spokesperson from the California court system confirmed a lawsuit against medalist and reality star Bruce Jenner. The lawsuit is related to an accident from February, which was part of an ongoing police investigation. The action came a week after Jenner made his transition from male to female public.
On April 15, it was announced that the family of a Pennsylvania student who was killed after getting into an argument with three men was awarded $7 million in compensation from two bar owners. According to the complaint, the two bars involved in the incident were accused of serving the three men prior to the altercation even though they were both underage and visibly intoxicated.
A civil case against a well-known resort in Pennsylvania was settled just as jury selection was about to begin. A teenager's parents filed the suit after their son was injured in a Sep. 10, 2011, crash at the resort and died five days after the accident. The settlement was agreed to 48 hours after the court restricted the use of specific testimony at the trial.