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Family files wrongful death lawsuit in restaurant explosion case

The loss of a loved one is never easy for Montana residents. However, when a death could have been prevented, coping is even more difficult. While financial compensation will never erase the pain, many families have been able to find closure by holding the responsible parties accountable. One such family is filing suit on behalf of their daughter who was killed during a restaurant explosion earlier this year. The family of a restaurant worker has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against five organizations and one individual.

The 46-year-old woman was closing up the restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, after her shift when the building exploded. While investigators have not filed their final report, preliminary findings point to a severed gas line as the cause. Hours earlier, while laying down cable, a subcontractor cut a gas line, causing natural gas to leak and eventually ignite. More than a dozen people were injured; the woman’s body was recovered the following day.

The woman's family is filing suit against the gas company, the gas supplier, the gas line locating service, the cable company, the contracting company hired by the cable company and the individual employee doing the digging. The restaurant owner filed suit against the same groups in May. The woman’s mother says she hopes the suit will prevent future similar incidents from happening.

Wrongful death cases are emotionally difficult and legally complex. Guilty parties rarely admit accountability. Consulting with an attorney who has experience in cases involving gas explosions and wrongful death can go a long way toward helping a grieving family.

Source: ABC News, "Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in KC Explosion," June 2, 2013

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