Salvation Army Collapse: A Tragic Personal Injury Lawsuit
Two contractors were hired to demolish a building next to the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. The contractors failed to follow proper safety techniques during the demolition, and a four-story wall collapsed on top of the neighboring Salvation Army thrift store killing 7 and injuring 12.
A group of Lawyers represented the plaintiffs and sued the construction companies for neglecting to follow proper safety procedures.
The trial lasted four months and found STB Holdings Corp and the Salvation Army were both to blame for the injuries and deaths resulting from the collapse. A settlement of $227 million was awarded to the multiple plaintiffs. This is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in the history of the Pennsylvania court system.