When a Loved One’s Death Is Due To a Work Injury

Although many personal injuries that result in death can be addressed by bringing a wrongful death claim, if a work injury is to blame, it is typically handled through a workers’ compensation claim. When employers obtain workers’ compensation insurance, they are effectively immune from liability. Although intended to make the employee “whole again” through any […]

Chevron Pays Nearly $1 Million Fine in Fatal Pennsylvania Explosion

This month, the Chevron Corporation paid approximately $940,000 in fines for a fatal explosion that took place at a Pennsylvania gas well last year. Officials reported that this marks the state’s largest fine for a single incident. Last February, Chevron contractor employee Ian McKee died in the explosion after natural gas escaped from a new […]

Wrongful Death and the Sovereign Immunity Act

On March 12, in the wrongful death suit in the case of J Ebersole, Administrator of the Estate of S.J. Ebersole, Deceased v. SEPTA, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided that the Sovereign Immunity Act prevents an agency like the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) from being liable for non-pecuniary damages (damages that are related […]

Receiving Compensation for the Death of a Loved One

Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event that causes severe or catastrophic injury to someone we care about is unimaginable to most of us. An accident or injury that results in death may leave survivors depressed, confused, and placed in financial jeopardy. Part of the basis of the civil law system is to allocate […]