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Wrongful death claim by widow of Pennsylvania city employee

The widow of a Pennsylvania city employee has filed a wrongful death suit following an incident that killed her husband while on the job. The employee fell from a warehouse ladder on wheels and hit his head, which caused his brain to swell and ultimately led to his death. The wrongful death suit was originally filed against the city for which the employee worked and the company that manufactured the ladder he was on at the time of the fall.

The widow claims the fall happened because the ladder her husband was working on was defective. After the fall, it was determined that the ladder was missing several parts that were essential to ensure it was in proper working order. She further claims that the manufacturing company was negligent in the assembly of this particular product.

After the man fell, he was rushed into surgery at an area hospital to relieve the swelling of the brain that had occurred. After placing him on life support, it was determined further surgery was necessary. He was again placed on life support after the second surgery but did not survive. A report states that the widow later dismissed the city from the suit. Representation for the defense has asked that the case be moved to federal court because the two parties now involved are located in two different states and also because the compensation requested is over the state jurisdictional limit of $50,000.

For Pennsylvania residents who feel they have a wrongful death claim, it may be helpful to research their legal options as quickly as possible in order to make sure they are protecting their rights in filing a civil lawsuit. Damages from a successfully litigated claim may be collected for medical expenses, lost wages and emotional distress. Research of state and federal laws can help in understanding the rights of anyone needing to file a personal injury claim.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Wrongful death claim filed by estate of Phila. employee who died after falling from ladder, Jon Campisi, Nov. 26, 2013

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