Q: My 17 year old daughter died of alcohol poisoning due to her boyfriend and his friend's negligence. In Lycoming County.
They were at her boyfriends friends Aunts home. I need help filing a claim and dont know where to start or what to file? We are Maryland residents as was my daughter however her death and the crimes occurred in PA. I was told I could file a claim against the home owners insurance of the residence she was at when she died as well as sue the responsible parties involved?
A: I am saddened to hear of your loss. These are tragic circumstances. There are many variables in this situation, jurisdiction being only one of many. I would urge you to promptly consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to review the facts in detail, and render an informed opinion for you and your family. Best of luck.
A: Contact attorney Clifford Rieders in Williamsport. Use my name--he'll give you a free consult. A lot depends on the facts as to who you get to sue, but yes, you would have a case. However, let me note that as she was 17 a jury will consider whether someone that age is close to an adult enough that there is an element on her part of contributory fault. If she had had a dui or possession charge and been through education programs she would know for sure what consitutes intoxication.
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