PHILADELPHIA — A woman who survived nearly 13 hours in the rubble of a Philadelphia building collapse but lost both legs has sued the Salvation Army, demolition contractors and others.
Mariya Plekan's lawyer also wants to preserve her testimony because of the gravity of her injuries and the long delay expected before trial.
The civil lawsuits over the fatal June collapse are on hold amid a criminal investigation.
Six people died and 13 others were injured when an adjacent building being demolished collapsed on a Salvation Army thrift store.
A demolition subcontractor has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Lawyer Andrew Stern says the 52-year-old Plekan also suffered organ damage and remains hospitalized. But he says her mind is sound, and her spirits strong.
A spokeswoman says the Alexandria, Va.,-based Salvation Army has no immediate comment.