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Woman stabbed while shopping at retail store

Location: Pennsylvania

Plaintiff: Tennessee woman
Defendant: Retail store
Amount: Confidential
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress after a young woman was attacked and stabbed multiple times by a third party criminal assailant

Description: A young woman and her mother were shopping in a retail store when a third party criminal assailant attacked the young woman, stabbing her with a knife multiple times. She suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result. Wilkes & McHugh represented this woman in an action based on the store’s failure to provide adequate security for its patrons. The matter was confidentially resolved during trial.

Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff: An injured man and his wife
Defendant: A large hospital system
Amount: Multi-million dollar verdict
Alleged Injuries: Multiple severe bedsores and infections including cellulitis, MRSA and osteomyelitis resulting in colostomy, partial removal of the heel bone and below-the-knee amputation. 

Description: Wilkes & McHugh's client went to the emergency room of a large teaching hospital with severe back pain. The hospital sent him home with pain medications. He returned to the hospital the next day and was diagnosed with Cauda Equina, a rare condition that damages the nerves in the lower portion of the spinal cord. He had surgery and was expected to need about two weeks of rehabilitation before he could go home. Instead, he developed multiple, severe, bone-deep bedsores that ultimately lead to infections and the amputation of one of his legs below the knee. 

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Pennsylvania condo fire leaves young couple dead

Location: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Plaintiff: The parents of a 22-year-old man killed in a fire
Defendant: A ski resort, condominium association, condo owner, fireplace manufacturer, fireplace cleaning company and various other subsidiaries
Amount:  Multiple confidential settlements
Alleged Injuries: Negligence, breach of warranties, strict liability, and wrongful death in a case that left two people dead from asphyxiation from smoke inhalation and severe burns in a condominium fire.  

Description: A young man and his girlfriend planned to spend a weekend with friends in a condo at a ski resort but were killed when a fireplace chimney malfunctioned, engulfing the condo in flames.

Attorneys from Wilkes & McHugh represented this young man’s family in an action against multiple parties alleged to have played a role in the fire. The member of the group who started the fire fell asleep and left it unattended. The condominium association failed to take proper steps to inspect the fireplaces in each of the condo units and take action to make them safe despite the fact that there had been a previous fire in another condo.

The chimney cleaning company was aware from its inspections that the condo had a larger degree of creosote (a corrosive substance that forms during the wood-burning process and builds up in chimneys) in the chimney than other units in the same building, yet failed to warn the owners of the increased risk of a fire.

The condo owners were negligent for not ensuring that their fireplace was properly cleaned and maintained and failed to provide sufficient fire extinguishers in case of emergency.

The fireplace manufacturer made and distributed a defective fireplace. The stack’s seams failed, allowing flames to escape and ignite wood around the stack and spread throughout the condo. The distribution and installation company was negligent and breached warranties.

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Man dies, wife severely injured in head-on collision

Location: Washington County, Pennsylvania

Plaintiff: Confidential
Defendant:  Confidential
Amount:  Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries: Negligence and wrongful death in the case of a man killed in a head-on collision

Description:  Our client was driving his pick-up truck on a two-lane road when he was struck head-on by the defendant, who also was driving a pick-up truck in the opposite direction.  Our client was pronounced dead at the scene.  His wife, who was a passenger, suffered fractured ribs, a fractured nose, a fractured knee and a severe hip fracture. Her severe injuries required hospitalization and months of treatment and rehabilitation, as well as the future prospect of a hip replacement.

The defendant, who owned a construction company, crossed over the center line and hit our client’s truck. Our client was wearing his seatbelt, and the airbags deployed, but the violent crash forced the front end of his truck into the driver’s compartment. He died of blunt force trauma. Attorneys from Wilkes & McHugh obtained a substantial settlement for his survivors.

Disclaimer: The results described on this website do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. A prospective client may not obtain the same or similar results as those described on this website.

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