When you have been injured in an accident caused by another party's negligence, you can seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages through a personal injury lawsuit. This helps you cope with the effects of your injury, and it helps hold negligent parties accountable. But what about fatal accidents? How can family members cope with the sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one and that person's income? The answer is a special type of claim known as a wrongful death lawsuit.
Every year, hundreds of people die due to complications associated with prescription medications. While many people do benefit from these drugs, some people pay with their life. A woman recently filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania District Court, claiming that a drug company is responsible for her husband's untimely death.
United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death was quickly picked up by just about every news outlet in the country. Justice Scalia dutifully served his country, offering his opinion on hundreds of U.S. Supreme Court decisions. According to reports, he was found deceased in a cabin in Texas and died of natural causes. However, the process for declaring death is different in Texas than it is in Pennsylvania, and this has raised some questions as to the method in which Scalia's death was determined.
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.