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The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can be tough to deal with. Dealing with funeral expenses, medical bills, and other existing obligations can leave you in a state of hopelessness and despair. The compassionate Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys at the Law Firm of Robert E. Mielnicki, can help you through this time of need. Thanks to our more than 25 years of practice we can help you and your family obtain the compensation they need following the tragic death of a loved one. Let us handle your case while you and your family take the necessary time to mourn your loss.
Our dedicated, skilled and experienced wrongful death lawyers understand the emotional toll this type of tragedy can cause. That is why we will aggressively, tirelessly and strategically pursue justice and obtain the compensation you deserve from the liable parties.
If you lost a loved one due to the negligence, carelessness and recklessness of another person, we may be able to help. To learn more about your potential claim in a free, confidential consultation, call the Law Office of Robert E. Mielnicki today at 412-288-0300.
What Are the Leading Causes of Wrongful Death in Pittsburgh?
The term wrongful death is used in cases where the negligence of a person causes the death of another. Unfortunately, the wrongful death of a loved one can happen for numerous reasons. Some of the leading causes of wrongful death in Pennsylvania include:
Amusement Park Accidents
Whenever you go to an amusement park, you’d expect to have a pleasant, cheerful, and fun day. However, what should have been a great day, can turn into a tragedy if a ride malfunctions. As of today, there are no national rules regulating amusement parks. Generally, the state is in charge of overseeing the amusement parks within its borders. Unfortunately, the state only implements a series of safety rules, which many times proves to be insufficient. The lack of proper regulation and proper staff training can put you or a loved one at risk of suffering from a deadly accident.
Every day, thousands of people are involved in automotive accidents in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Automotive accidents include being involved in a crash with a car, motorcycle, truck and other vehicles. Generally, most car, bike, and truck accidents are caused by the negligence and recklessness of other drivers on the road. Common causes of car accidents include drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding and other factors. Unfortunately, many people will lose their lives due to the poor choices of the at-fault parties. If the unexpected death of your loved one was caused by the poor decisions of a negligent driver, we may be able to help.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls can happen in different settings. Most of these accidents occur while the victim is on another person’s property. When you visit a property such as a friend’s house, supermarket, shopping mall, or other property you’d expect to be safe from any harm. However, property owners often fail to keep their premises free from any hazards. Despite what many people may believe, an accidental slip and fall can cause severe, life-threating injuries. For instance, if a person slips, falls and hits their head against a solid surface, he or she can suffer from a severe brain injury or even die. We can help you hold the liable parties accountable for your losses.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Pennsylvania
It is easy to feel sad, troubled and overwhelmed by the sudden loss of a loved one. You may wonder if there is any legal action you can take against the liable parties. Fortunately, there are ways you can obtain compensation for the death of your loved one. A wrongful death claim can be brought forth by the decedent’s (the deceased person), surviving family or a relative. They must be able to show the court they have the right to pursue compensation for the death of their loved one.
As a plaintiff, there are four essential elements you will need to prove to the court. These elements are:
- Breach of Duty
If you are successful in your claim, you can obtain compensation for things such as funeral costs, loss of companionship, medical expenses and other expenses related to your loved one’s death. You can recover the lifetime earnings the loved one would have made, loss of consortium and loss of moral tutelage, if the loved one was a parent, Pennsylvania has a set timeline in which plaintiffs must file their wrongful death claim. If you wish to file a wrongful death claims against the liable parties, you must do so within two years from the decedent’s death.
Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
We understand how difficult dealing with the sudden death of a loved one can be. That is why we dedicate ourselves to defending and upholding your rights to just compensation. Our knowledgeable and skilled wrongful death attorneys can help you through the entire process so you can focus on recovering from your loss. To learn more about your potential claim in a free, confidential consultation, call the Law Office of Robert E. Mielnicki at 412-288-0300 today or contact us online.