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Sep 11, 2013 |

WOMAN DIES IN STORE DURING DEMOLITION OF NEARBY BUILDING

Sep 11, 2013 - Wrongful Death

Certain activities and jobs are known to be dangerous and risky. In turn, they could result in serious injuries or even death. In contrast, occupations and activities known to be safe will not often put a person on alert for hazards. Although it is nearly impossible to be cautious in everything a person does, it is important to realize that an accident can happen anytime or anywhere. These unexpected incidents could take the life away from a victim and could alter the lives of many.

A tragic and unexpected fatal accident took the life of a recent art school graduate in Philadelphia. The incident occurred when the student was shopping at a Salvation Army store. According to reports, an adjacent building to the store was left unsupported during a building demolition. This resulted in the building collapsing onto the thrift store, trapping around 19 shoppers inside.

This incident resulted in the death of six individuals, including the 24-year-old graduate. The family members of the deceased have filed a wrongful death suit blaming several parties for the death of their daughter. The owners of the buildings involved, the demolition contractors and others have been named in the suit.

When a person is killed or injured because of the negligence of another party or several parties, those at fault could face civil liabilities. In the case of a wrongful death suit, compensation could result in the claim in order to recover damages from the incident. This could cover expenses such as funeral bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Understanding how and why a loved one died is important to the friends and family members of the deceased. Those affected by a negligent actor or actors should understand the process of filing a claim. Gaining information from an investigation and receiving compensation from the claim could help with the coping process.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, “Family sues over Philadelphia demolition death,” Maryclaire Dale, Sept. 03, 2013

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