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Contentious wrongful death claim could go to federal court

The family of a deceased Precision Pipeline LLC employee filed a wrongful death claim against the company, claiming that negligence played a role in the death of their loved one. The West Virginia company wants the wrongful death claim to be heard in federal court and is pressing to have it moved. The lawsuit claims that the man was working a job that was unsafe.

The man was killed after he was struck by a pipe as he was laying the pipe in a specified trench. He was operating a large piece of machinery to lift the pipe when it hit the operator's cab, inflicting fatal injuries. Those who filed the lawsuit claim that the pipe was on the wrong side of the trench, placing the man at an unnecessary risk.

The lawsuit names Precision Pipeline LLC as liable for the man's death because he was not provided with a safe work environment. The lawsuit is seeking damages for the estate of the deceased. The West Virginia employer is seeking to have the case moved to a federal court because of the amount of money sought from the lawsuit.

A wrongful death claim can be filed if the reckless, dangerous or negligent actions of another person lead to a death. Wrongful death compensation could be granted to the estate or to the family of the deceased to cover monetary damages incurred from an unexpected accident. In this particular incident, there may be evidence to support the claims that the pipe company was indeed negligent and a ruling could be granted in favor of the man's estate.

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Company wants Brooke Co. wrongful death case in federal court", Annie Cosby, July 16, 2014

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