When a loved one dies unexpectedly it is the most difficult time imaginable. This difficult time is magnified especially when another person has caused the death of the loved one due to a fatal accident or injury. Most of the time, there are questions that aren’t answered. Making the difficult time even worse, more often than not, the person who caused the death may not even be remorseful.
Wrongful death claims are about the survivors. These claims are filed when a family is wrongfully deprived of a loved one through the negligence of another.
There are many different circumstances when these lawsuits are filed and, when they are, they sometimes manage to win enough in compensation to make sure that the surviving family is not put through undue hardship from a financial standpoint.
Wrongful death claims are oftentimes filed over car accidents that result in deaths. These may be filed against commercial entities—such as trucking companies—or against individuals, if they are the cause of the accident. There are common circumstances where these lawsuits are oftentimes seen being filed.
Deaths on the roads due to drunk drivers, negligent trucking companies and drivers who were just plain reckless are common. Oftentimes, the family of a passenger who was killed in a vehicle may have a claim against the driver if they were negligent in some regard, as well.
Receiving the wrong treatment, delayed treatment or not receiving needed treatment at all can all have fatal consequences. Medical malpractice is a common reason that families file wrongful death claims. These claims are filed when the physician or healthcare entity involved did not provide care that was up to expected standards and where someone paid the ultimate price because of that.
Nursing or Group Home Abuse/Negligence
Nursing home or group home wrongful death claims are unfortunately common. There are claims that involve people going untreated for conditions and die as a result. There are also claims that involve someone not being in a safe environment.
Wrongful death in nursing and group homes sometimes result from outright abuse, as well. For instance, if someone is being punished by the staff by having their care cut, it may result in that person becoming very ill and dying.
Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
Our Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers are able to help families figure out how much financial loss they suffered due to the loss of a loved one. While a jury award or a settlement can never take the place of a lost relative, it can sometime provide the financial security that the family needs to go on with their lives. Talking to an attorney about the matter will be the first step in determining if you have a claim. Call 1-800-444-5309 for your free consultation. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Scranton and will travel to you.