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Woman who died could have been saved

A fatal accident is not always what it seems on the surface. After an investigation, it is often found that a negligent party was responsible for the accident. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to learn that the accident could have been prevented.

In 2009, a 35-year-old Pennsylvania woman was pronounced dead when she was found in close proximity to a Sea Isle City dock. During the wrongful death trial, an attorney for her family noted that the woman could have been saved.

On Feb. 15, 2009, the woman was found unconscious on the banks of the bay. This was approximately five hours after she was last seen alive.

On a 911 call, the medic who found the woman unconscious said "they're dead, believe me." However, the lawsuit does not target this person, but instead the doctor who decided to pronounce her dead as opposed to examining the body.

Both parties are trying to convince the jury that they are right, with the legal team for the deceased noting the following:

"Is it OK to pronounce someone dead without examining that person to make sure they're dead? We say no."

In this case, a woman was pronounced dead but her family has questions as to whether or not she was given a fair chance to be saved.

There is always gray area when it comes to a wrongful death claim, as both parties attempt to show their sides of the story. If a loved one is killed due to the negligence of a third party, it can be beneficial to learn more about your legal rights.

Source: Press of Atlantic City, "Woman who died in Sea Isle could have been saved, attorney tells jurors," Lynda Cohen, Sep. 18, 2015

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