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.
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.
For most people in Pittsburgh, the holiday season is filled with fun, friends and family. It is a time to use up vacation days, go to holiday parties and spend time with loved ones. For many, this may mean having a drink or two, but there are also some who drink too much and then get in their cars.
It is an absolute tragedy when someone is killed in a car accident, especially if the accident could have been prevented. Fatal car accidents affect more than just the person who was killed, but his or her family, friends and the community, too. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why family members choose to file wrongful death lawsuits after the loss of a loved one. When it is clear that someone else's negligence has caused a death, that person (or his or her estate) can be held responsible for the fatal crash.