Wrongful Death Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Trusted Wrongful Death Lawyers Fight for Justice in Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Grieving for the loss of a loved one can be a protracted and painful process, and it is one from which many never fully recover. The emotional recovery is made exponentially more difficult when you know or suspect that the death of your loved one was caused by another person’s negligence—and so was entirely preventable. While no amount of money can ever bring back your loved one, pursuing your right to financial compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit can help foster a sense of justice in that the negligent party can be held accountable and you can get the financial compensation you need to protect your family’s future.
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our lawyers have substantial experience handling wrongful death cases and so understand that, in addition to experiencing great sadness, you may also feel angry and helpless because someone else’s careless actions caused the loss of someone so important in your life. Your finances may already be strained if your loved one was the primary income producer in your family. We are here to offer compassion and support as we pursue your right to full compensation so that you can focus on mourning your loss. If you would like to explore your legal right to pursue compensation from the party whose negligence caused your loved one’s death, call or contact our office as soon as possible so that we can begin gathering evidence to support your claim.
Understanding the Wrongful Death Statute in Pennsylvania
Under the Pennsylvania wrongful death law, you are entitled to file a lawsuit seeking compensation from a negligent party whose actions resulted in the death of your spouse, parent or child. Similar to a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages caused by the loss of your loved one, which may include:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death that were made necessary because of the accident
- Funeral and other burial expenses
- Compensation designed to replace the financial support provided by your loved one (in the form of lost wages or lost earning potential)
- Compensation for loss of consortium or the company of your loved one
- Loss of parenting support
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages in some cases
In order to maximize the available compensation in your case, our wrongful death lawyers will work with experts, consult with witnesses and even take steps to ensure that the relevant evidence in your case is preserved by putting potentially responsible parties on notice of their legal obligation to refrain from destroying evidence.
Knowledgeable Wrongful Death Lawyers Pursue Maximum Compensation for Families of Accident Victims in Pittsburgh and Elsewhere in Pennsylvania
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers and investigative staff understand that your family has suffered a great loss and we are here to take on the burden of getting justice by securing the maximum compensation possible in your case. In Pennsylvania, you may have the right to pursue compensation based upon the wrongful death of a loved one in any type of accident caused by another person or organization’s negligence, including:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Fires and explosions
- Accidents caused by defective products
Regardless of the type of accident that caused your loved one’s death, you need a strong advocate in your corner. If you have already attempted negotiations with the insurance companies, you may understand the complications and frustration that can arise if you are faced with a lowball settlement offer or an insurance agent who simply fails to respond to your inquiries. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., we are experienced in negotiating with these insurance companies and corporations—who know that, based on our reputation and track record of success, we are not willing to back down and will explore every alternative to securing maximum compensation for our clients.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation to Discuss Options for Recovering Compensation Via a Wrongful Death Claim in Western Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, the statute of limitations (or time limit) for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania is only two years in most cases. While this may seem like a fairly generous time frame, it remains important to consult with a lawyer as early as possible in order to ensure that we have access to the strongest possible evidence to support your claim. Our experienced Pittsburgh-area wrongful death lawyers are here to provide you with a free initial case evaluation to discuss options for recovering compensation in your case, so call us or fill out this online contact form today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims
FAQ: Who is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit under Pennsylvania law?
A wrongful death lawsuit is usually filed by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate on behalf of the deceased person’s spouse, children or parents, who are the parties who will recover compensation. If the personal representative fails to file a lawsuit within six months of death, the beneficiaries themselves may file suit. In some cases, however, the decedent’s estate itself may file a lawsuit for compensation on behalf of the deceased individual, although this type of lawsuit is often referred to as a survival action. In other words, the estate is entitled to pursue a lawsuit for compensation for all expenses incurred because of the accident and death (medical expenses, funeral expenses, administrative expenses) even if the deceased was not survived by children, parents or a spouse.
FAQ: The insurance company has offered me a settlement award. Should I take it?
In wrongful death cases, it is important to first consult with a lawyer who has experience in these cases and so understands all available types of compensation to which you may be entitled. In many cases, the insurance company might offer to pay fully for all medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident, and may even offer to pay for your out-of-pocket expenses related to the funeral and administration of the estate. While this may seem generous, you are really entitled to significantly more in wrongful death cases—including compensation to reflect the loss of your loved one’s presence in your life, both financially and emotionally.