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Murder suspect faces wrongful death lawsuit from victim's estate

Most Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuits stem from accidents, but a recent case filed in Lehigh County is based on an intentional act: the alleged murder of a woman by one of her co-workers. The victim's estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged murderer to recover damages for emotional suffering on the part of the victim's son.

The case began when the woman disappeared from her home. Investigators later found bone fragments from the woman in the yard of a male co-worker who lived in Monroe County. The co-worker was one of several co-workers who reported late to work on the day of the woman's disappearance.

His DNA was found in the victim's home. The man was arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and abuse of a corpse. Investigators found DVDs in the man's home about murder, sexually deviant behavior and stalking. The man pled not guilty to all charges, and he is awaiting trial.

The lawsuit seeks damages on behalf of the woman's son. He was 16 when his mother disappeared, and the complaint alleges that he was devastated. The case seeks damages for the boy's loss of the mother's financial support and for the comfort of her companionship and parenting.

Most wrongful death cases do not involve such sensational circumstances as this case, but the victim's survivors feel the same sense of bereavement and loss. Anyone who has lost a loved one to the wrongful act of another may wish to contact one of wrongful death attorneys at the Leisawitz Heller Law Firm in Reading for an overview of the facts and law that will govern the case and for an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for loss of financial support and companionship.

Source: Reading Eagle, "Estate files wrongful death suit in co-worker's murder case," June 26, 2017

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