It’s painful anytime you lose someone you love regardless of the circumstances. However, knowing medical malpractice caused a loved one’s premature death is often unbearable. At Matzus Law, we understand the gravity and delicate nature of wrongful death cases. We wish we could turn back time and prevent your family member’s death. While that is not possible, what most of our clients hope for is that their personal tragedy doesn’t happen to someone else. That is why our Pittsburgh malpractice wrongful death attorney will always do their best to ensure that the responsible individuals are held accountable. That’s the best way to make sure doctors, nurses and hospitals don’t make the same mistake again.
What Determines Wrongful Death?
Simply defined, wrongful death occurs when a person is killed because of the wrongful or negligent conduct of another person. In medicine, this means the death occurred as a direct result of medical malpractice. According to Pennsylvania law, the wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the decedent’s death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?
The person filing a wrongful death suit is often a spouse, child, or parent. This person may be the estate executor, but that is not necessary for approval to file the suit. For example, if a decedent left no children or other close relatives but has a close friend with power of attorney, that person could file a wrongful death suit.
How Does Wrongful Death Occur?
Medical malpractice can lead to different types of wrongful death cases. Some common causes of wrongful death cases include:
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