Wrongful Death

Legal options are available following nursing home abuse

The expectation when elderly individuals enter a nursing home is that they will be well cared for. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, elderly residents of nursing homes may sometimes be physically or emotionally abused. Nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse situations can sometimes lead to injuries or even death. Loved ones of victims of nursing… read more

What is the discovery rule?

When thinking of cases of tragedy, you may be surprised to learn that there is a statute of limitations in place for a variety of crimes. This would bar an individual from pressing charges against another party after a certain time period has lapsed. A wrongful death case surprisingly does. In the state of Pennsylvania,… read more

Modification of wrongful death compensatory awards

Suddenly and unexpectedly losing a loved one can throw your world into chaos. Such a loss can be utterly devastating to your emotions, especially when the accident that caused the death was wholly preventable. This is often seen in instances of distracted driving, drunk driving and medical malpractice. In addition to having to cope with… read more

What to look for when choosing a nursing home

One of the most difficult decisions for a family is to remove loved ones from their homes and enter them into a nursing home. While in a vast majority of cases this is best for the person, who often can no longer take care of himself or herself and does not have the proper care… read more

The wrongful death lawsuit: A tool for families seeking justice

When an Allegheny County resident suffers an injury as a result of a medical provider’s negligent act, that resident may be able to hold responsible parties to account through a negligence lawsuit. This provides a forum for both parties to be heard and for compensation to be awarded if appropriate. But what if a medical… read more

How often does a surgeon leave in an object in the patient?

According to a relatively recent report on the issue, it is more likely than one might think for a surgeon to leave a piece of surgical equipment, like a sponge, in a patient’s body following an operation. A Maryland resident might think of these types of surgical errors as events that are easy to prevent… read more

Getting accountability after the loss of a loved one

There are few things more important to Pennsylvania residents than their families. Individuals depend on their families in every way imaginable, including emotional support, financial support and everything in between. As discussed recently in this blog, when a loved one is killed due to the negligence of another, surviving family members may have legal recourse… read more

How are proceeds from a wrongful death claim distributed?

When tragedy strikes Pennsylvania families, family members often come closer together to provide love and support to one another. This can be especially true after a loved one is killed by someone else’s actions. Last week, this blog discussed how surviving family members may have a wrongful death claim they can assert against the person… read more

What damages are available in a wrongful death case?

One of the most basic principles of the justice system is to make a person whole again after they have been wrongfully injured by someone else. In the civil system, the primary way this principle is accomplished is through an award of compensation, otherwise known as damages. Because an injury or death can drastically alter… read more