Some of people's worst fears involve the sudden loss of a loved one. Sadly, for some Pittsburgh residents, this fear becomes a reality. Sometimes an untimely death results in a criminal trial, such as certain cases involving a car accident.
If someone has made a mistake and injured or even caused the death of an innocent person, they should be held accountable. While this is true, the law only allows a certain amount of time after a person's death to make such a claim. Although this process may seem inherently complicated, it is actually simple at its premise. Wrongful death suits aim to put responsibility on a party, or parties, that caused the death of a person.
Medical care is the difference between life and death for many people. When a person dies while receiving medical care, it is possible that doctors or other hospital staff made a mistake that caused the death.
Police officers are thought of as upstanding citizens, here to protect our wonderful city of Pittsburgh. However, police officers are human and they make mistakes. Such a mistake occurred in a nearby suburb when a Pennsylvania police officer rear-ended a man's vehicle sending him into a nearby light pole and causing his untimely death. A lawsuit brought by the victim's family alleged negligence.
According to Murphy's Law, anything that can happen will happen. Apply this scientific property to accidents where wrongful death has occurred and it seems to match up. Sometimes people pass away from fatal accidents in the most unexpected ways. Sometimes these accidents resulting in fatal death can be attributed to the negligence of another.
Tragic accidents can occur when they are least expected, affecting the families in sometimes-irrevocable ways. While the loss of any loved one is can be extremely traumatizing, if that loss was the result of another party's negligence, the pain can be amplified several times. There are, however, actions that can be taken in the pursuit of justice.
A few weeks ago, this blog discussed how an inmate at the Allegheny County jail may have been susceptible to sub-par medical care that, ultimately, caused his death. A family member did file a wrongful death suit, the details of which can be read here. Since this case, and others like it, the jail has come under scrutiny for their lack of medical care made available to patients. The Pennsylvanian jail has now released details of their new healthcare plan.
Spirits used in moderation can be a great way for people to let loose at the end of a long day and relax. However, for too many Pittsburgh residents, alcohol transforms from an occasional indulgence to overuse and abuse. For one man, convicted of at least 4 previous DUIs, this seems to be the theme of his life. Unfortunately, while on his self-destructive path, he struck a young woman jogging on the side of the road. This led to her untimely death.
After the sudden and traumatizing death of a loved one, there is a level of shock and sorrow that resonates for Pittsburgh friends and family members. There are many reasons a family may decide to seek a wrongful death suit after a family members sudden death. The main reason is because the family believes a person or a third party is directly responsible for causing the person's death. If so, there are options Pittsburgh residents should explore after a loved one's death by fatal accident.
Wrongful death suits are the direct result of an unexpected death of a loved one and the negligence of another. Much of the time the living family members are seeking to prove a responsible party and seek financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. These are all understandable goals for those who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. But, how is the compensation often calculated and why could it pose a hurdle for the young or the elderly?