An Allegheny County woman died in 2009 when she was electrocuted in her yard. The 39-year-old mother was struck by a downed power line, which a wrongful death claim said was improperly maintained by West Penn Power Co. Relatives watched helplessly as the victim suffered repeated 7,200-volt electric shocks.
The family of a Pennsylvania resident who died on the day he was admitted to a Beaver County nursing home is suing the facility and six staff members who reportedly conspired to keep a medical error a secret. The wrongful death claim was bumped to a federal court because a civil rights violation was alleged with medical malpractice.