Posted On: June 29, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Volunteer Programs

The parents of a Chester County teen who fell to his death two years ago in an abandoned mine shaft while working with underprivileged children in Mexico, are suing the companies that organized the trip.

According to this article that appeared on, the parents of the teen filed a wrongful death suit in Philadelphia court last week against Travel for Teens L.L.C. of Wayne and Casa de los Angeles, an Illinois corporation.

On July 20, 2007, the parents’ sixteen year old son was participating in a summer volunteer program and went on a field trip with 30 U.S. teens and 80 Mexican children. While playing tag with a group of children in the Cinco Senores mine in Guanajuato, Mexico, the boy fell into a 500-foot shaft that had no warning signs or railings.

The suit says that the failure of the program organizers to warn participants about the dangerous conditions constituted gross negligence. The teen’s parents are seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

When needless death occurs due to the negligence of another party, Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuits can be filed. In these lawsuits, the decedent’s heirs sue the negligent party or parties for damages related to the loss of life and their own pain and suffering. It is recommended that families who think their family member’s death was wrongful first contact a wrongful death attorney for a case assessment. If the case is valid, the attorney can help investigate the claim, gather evidence, represent them in court, and collect the compensation they deserve.

The attorneys at Cherry Fieger Marciano understand the devastating impact a Pennsylvania wrongful death can have on a family. They can help you find justice and compensation for your loved one’s death. Your case consultation with one of the Philadelphia, PA wrongful death attorneys is free of charge and completely confidential.