Wrongful Death Law

Wrongful Death Law Pittsburgh, PA

Wrongful Death LawDeath caused by the negligent action of another person can result in a wrongful death claim. This tragic occurrence causes extreme emotional distress to those close to the deceased, as well as the acquiring of attendant expenses which can be overwhelming when the family is not prepared. This is a different type of legal procedure because the deceased is not bringing the action. Rather the decedent’s estate must act to secure recompense for the sufferings of the family, for hospital and funeral expenses, and those less tangible losses, such as loss of companionship, loss of future wages, loss of pensions (some of which are quantifiable). There can also be punitive damages assessed in some states. Juries and judges decide on the amount of the award. Awards will include interest dating from date of death.

A wrongful death action can arise because of medical errors, a criminal act, dangerous conditions in the workplace, automobile or aviation accidents, death during an activity supervised by another, as well as in other situations. Sometimes a wrongful death action is related to another case such as medical malpractice, defective product design, nursing home abuse, or catastrophic injury, to mention only a few.

A family member cannot sue another family member for wrongful death, but the action may be brought by a spouse, child or parent. Legal assistance is essential if you are to bring a wrongful death action.

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