The unthinkable has happened to a family member or someone that you love. A fatal accident has taken their life too early. For some Pittsburgh families, this tragedy befalls them and life is never the same. Some fatal accidents are due to the negligence of another.
If this is sounding familiar, it is important to know that it is possible to recover financially for the loss of a loved one due to carelessness or negligence. If a third party, like a business, employer, private party or other did not uphold a standard of care and that carelessness led to the loss of a loved one, the fatal accident could qualify to seek reparations in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits aim to recover financially for the unthinkable loss a family suffers after a loved one's death. It can cover the costs of funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering and even lost wages due to your loved one's untimely death.
At one time, these lost loved ones had their whole lives ahead of them. The future was bright. These dreams can all be dashed in a fraction of a second, as all too many Pittsburgh families already know.
Automobile accidents, work accidents, criminal negligence, medical malpractice and other accidents can all result in the early death of a loved one. Sometimes, these deaths could have been avoided, and thus, compensation exists to attempt to right-the-wrongs that have occurred.
It must be proven that the party accused of negligence owed a duty to the deceased or that they failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care that then led to their death. Depending on the specifics of the case, this can be shown in an infinite number of ways. Those accused of a wrongful death lawsuit, may know full well their responsibility in the incident, but may deny it to avoid paying a settlement. Do not allow those responsible to get away with what happened.
Source: Injury.FindLaw.com, "Wrongful Death Overview," accessed on Oct. 10, 2016