When families trust medical professionals to care for their loved ones, they expect these professionals to adhere to the standard of care reasonably expected of those in the medical field. When a doctor or hospital behaves negligently, and as a result of this negligence, harms a patient, he or she may face lawsuits from the patient or the patient's loved ones. The husband of a Pittsburgh woman filed suit against UPMC, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and a physician, after his wife's tragic death. A jury awarded him with $5.7 million in damages. UPMC plans to appeal.
When someone is killed in a tragic accident, their family will have to find a way to live without that person. It can be especially hard to accept their death if it was caused by the negligence of another person. For example, a number of fatal car accidents in Pittsburgh are caused by drunk or reckless drivers. In those cases, the negligent driver or the bartender that served the drunk driver alcohol may be held legally liable for the victim's death. Families of those who are killed may be able to file a wrongful death suit in civil court against those who played a role in the death of their loved one. While wrongful death statutes vary from state to state, there are some general guidelines available to help you determine whether you have a potentially successful suit on your hands.
It may still be months before South Carolina investigators will learn what happened to cause a five-vehicle accident involving commercial trucks that killed five people, including a 7-month-old and a couple from Johnstown, PA.
Altercations between police officers and civilians have become all too common these days. Unfortunately, some of these altercations turn deadly. In 2011, a Pennsylvania man was shot and killed by two policemen outside an apartment building in Farrell.
Senior living facilities are required to adhere to a standard of care when it comes to treating their residents. One Pennsylvania facility, however, has been accused of not doing so. One woman filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the corporate owner of the facility after her father died in the center in August 2012. Her father allegedly weighed 134 pounds when he was first admitted to the facility, but weighed only 120 pounds four days later. He made several visits to the emergency room for various ailments and injuries, including a clogged feeding tube and a MRSA infection. The man was then moved to a new facility, but ended up passing away only eight days later.
No one wants to imagine a day when a loved one will have to go into surgery. Unfortunately, this is something most of us will experience at some point in our lives. We trust that the Pittsburgh medical professionals in charge of our loved one's procedure will take good care of them and live up to their duties as health care professionals. In most cases, that's exactly what happens. However, in a few cases, medical professionals and hospital staff behave negligently on the job, causing injury to their patients. One mistake can cost a patient his or her life. In these cases, victims and their families may be able to file a successful wrongful death suit against those responsible.
Pittsburgh families who have lost loved ones know how painful it can be to resume day-to-day life after tragedy. It can be even more painful knowing that the person's death could have been prevented if it wasn't for the negligence or misconduct of another person. Fortunately, there is a way for families to get some justice and begin to move forward with their lives.
A mother filed a lawsuit against two Pittsburgh police officers who allegedly wrongfully shot her son to death in March 2009. Now, that lawsuit has been tentatively settled, though the financial details of the settlement have not been disclosed due to a confidentiality agreement.
Every year, people in the Pittsburgh area are killed in tragic road accidents. Families are left devastated, unsure of where to turn. Fortunately, the legal system allows families to file wrongful death suits that allow them to obtain compensation for their losses. While the damages recovered cannot bring back a lost loved one, they can at least help the families recover financially.
When a fatal car accident occurs, many courts look to the drivers involved to determine who is at fault and therefore liable for damages. When drunk driving is involved, businesses may also be held liable for damages that occur during the accident.