Wrongful death lawsuits can arise from negligent conduct occurring in many different contexts, including:
- Boating & Maritime Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Dram Shop/Liquor Liability Claims
- Drowning Accidents
- Defective Automobiles
- Electrical Accidents
- Fraternity Hazing
- Industrial Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Negligent Security
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Premises Liability Claims
- Products Liability
- Structural Collapses
- Train Accidents
Losing a loved one due to another’s carelessness is devastating. Families who have had a loved one taken from them ask SM&B to find out what happened, find out who is responsible and, most importantly, make sure it never happens to anyone again.
Over the three decades since its founding, SM&B has secured countless multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients in wrongful death cases, including:
- $265,000,000 settlement for the passengers and crew injured in the Amtrak derailment in Northeast Philadelphia, which took eight lives and injured more than 200—one of the largest rail settlements ever in the US.
- $227,000,000 for the Salvation Army store collapse in Center City Philadelphia that killed seven people and injured twelve—the largest personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania history.
- $160,000,000 for the victims of a food truck explosion that killed two and catastrophically injured 11 more.
- $124,000,000 verdict for the estate of a woman brutally killed by her husband–the largest contested verdict for any personal injury case in Pennsylvania history.
- $101,000,000 settlement for the Atlantic City Tropicana Casino parking garage collapse that killed four people and injured 30 others—the largest construction accident settlement in US history.
- $29,500,000 settlement for the Pier 34 collapse at Philadelphia’s port that killed three people and injured 43—one of the largest premises liability settlements in Philadelphia history.
- $17,000,000 settlement following the sinking of Duck Boat DUKW 34 in the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey that killed two and injured eighteen.
- $17,000,000 settlement in the case of a man killed by a crane hook.
- $11,700,000 settlement for three plant workers killed and eight others injured—including one seriously burned—when a defective valve led to an acetylene gas explosion.
- $7,000,000 settlement for a 23-year old man who was beaten to death by attackers who were served excessive amounts of alcohol while already visibly intoxicated by bars in the Old City section of Philadelphia.
- $5,000,000 settlement for a medical malpractice case arising from improper obstetrical care that resulted in the mother’s death.
- $4,400,000 settlement for two passengers who were killed, and a third who was seriously injured, when the drunk driver taking them home crashed his truck.
- $4,300,000 settlement for family of father killed in vehicle accident caused by intoxicated salesman driving car during a test-drive.
- $1,600,000 in global settlements for a 21-year old man who was struck by a drunk driver and whose family witnessed his fatal cardiac arrest minutes later.
- $1 million settlement in a medical malpractice case involving improper obstetrical care that resulted in a newborn’s death.
- $265,000,000Settlement was reached in the May 2015 Amtrak Train No. 188 derailment in which 8 people died and over 200 were injured. The case settled for record ...Read Story
- $227,000,000$227 million in damages will be paid to the 19 plaintiffs—including the loved ones of the seven that died in the June 5, 2013 Salvation Army Family ...Read Story
- $160,000,000U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania will pay a record $160 million in a settlement after a Feltonville food truck exploded nearly four years ago, killing a ...Read Story
SM&B lawyers understand that the families of those who were killed by the negligence of other people, businesses, municipalities, or healthcare providers want answers to their questions, such as:
- How could this have happened?
- Who was responsible for this tragedy?
- What can be done to make sure no other families have to endure similar tragedies?
No matter what kind of negligence resulted in the wrongful death of a family member or loved one, SM&B works tenaciously to help you get all the compensation to which you may be entitled, including payments for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical expenses, lost income and future earnings.
If a family member has been fatally injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, SM&B is committed to obtaining the results and answers you need and deserve.