Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences you will ever go through. When you learn that your spouse, child or parent’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence – and could have been prevented – it can be devastating. At Matzus Law LLC, we understand that you need answers and closure. Our Pittsburgh wrongful death lawyer can thoroughly investigate the accident and find out who is at fault. We are dedicated to helping families get answers to provide some measure of closure and seek justice for their loved ones. Whether your loved one passed away due to injuries from a car or tractor trailer accident, medical malpractice or a defective product, we are here to help you.
In Pennsylvania, the decedent’s personal representative or family members (spouse, parents and/or children) may file a wrongful death claim to recover damages. Since you only have a limited amount of time to do so, it is important to consult an attorney to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim.
Wrongful death damages can include:
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.
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.
Medical malpractice can lead to different types of wrongful death cases. Some common causes of wrongful death cases include:
For surviving family members, it is not about the money. No amount of money can truly compensate you for the loss of your loved one. Filing a wrongful death action is about justice and closure. We can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence so your family can move forward with peace of mind and restored security.
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