Pittsburgh Wrongful Death Lawyers
Our law firm will aggressively fight for your family
Some personal injury accidents result in the death of a loved one. Nothing can prepare you for this type of loss. You are left grieving and trying to make sense of what happened. If the negligence of another caused the accident, it’s normal to want answers – and justice. The experienced lawyers at Romanow Law Group help you hold negligent parties accountable.
A wrongful death has occurred if someone was killed as the result of another person’s negligence, medical malpractice, or intentional act.
In Pennsylvania, the personal representative (executor) of the estate must file the wrongful death lawsuit; if the personal representative does not do so within six months, then any of the deceased person’s beneficiaries (usually family members) can file. Whether you are a loved one or trusted representative, Romanow Law Group has the experience to guide you through the process.
We will fight for the justice and compensation you deserve
Recovering financial compensation after a wrongful death can be complicated. The negligent party may deny responsibility. That leaves it up to you to prove that the actions or inaction of that party caused the accident. The Romanow Law Group has recovered millions of dollars in damages for injured accident victims and the families of fatal accident victims. Remember: Insurance companies aren’t on your side. Their main goal is protecting their profits. They will often try to deny any liability in wrongful death cases. They will often try to deny any liability in wrongful death cases. They may blame your loved one for causing the accident. Or they may try to make your case go away quickly by making a lowball settlement offer.
Our firm has the experience, legal knowledge and commitment to go the distance to recover the financial compensation you deserve after the loss of your loved one. We put in the time and effort to build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. You can expect us to fight aggressively against insurance company attempts to minimize your loss.
Pennsylvania criminal charges and wrongful death lawsuits
When a person is killed due to the negligence or recklessness of another person, their behavior may rise to the level of criminal activity. If so, they will likely be arrested by local or state police and charged with a crime. Their case may be dropped or proceed through the criminal justice system and go to trial. However, regardless of what happens in the criminal justice system, the criminal case against the liable party does not affect your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against them in civil court.
Criminal charges and wrongful death lawsuits are distinct things. The criminal justice system’s goal is to hold the offender accountable. Meanwhile, the civil court’s goal is to compensate the victim’s family. Because the standard of proof is lower in civil court, you may be able to win wrongful death damages even if the person responsible for the death is acquitted in criminal court.
The types of damages beneficiaries may be eligible to collect through a successful Pennsylvania wrongful death civil lawsuit include:
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Pain and suffering prior to death.
- Hospital and medical expenses.
- Lost wages, future income, and contributions to the household.
- Estate administration fees and expenses.
- Loss of consortium, companionship, guidance, and/or comfort.
- Mental anguish.
Pittsburgh wrongful death attorneys ready to fight on behalf of your loved one
Our legal team gets to work right away investigating your loved one’s accident to find out what really happened. We know where to look for evidence. We carefully review accident reports, medical records and other documentation. We interview witnesses. If needed, we have a wide network of experts we can consult for further information.
In Pennsylvania, you have two years after the date of death to file a wrongful death action. This may seem like a lot of time, but there is much work to be done to build a case before filing a lawsuit.
There are lawyers who are happy to take your case and make a quick deal with the insurance company. We are only interested in the resolution of your case that works best for you. Insurance companies know that we are not afraid to go to court. They’ve faced us many times. That’s why they often agree to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs.
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The value of your case depends on many factors. In general, you may be able to seek compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, burial costs, loss of companionship and pain and suffering. If your loved one was a provider, you can seek compensation for loss of earnings and benefits.
We know that no amount of money can bring your loved one back, but taking legal action is a way to hold negligent parties accountable and get justice. It can also bring some peace of mind to family members.
In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s accident to take legal action. We strongly encourage you to get legal advice as soon as possible. Over time, valuable evidence can be lost or destroyed, and the memories of witnesses can fade. The sooner we can get started, the stronger the case that we can build.
Learn more about how Romanow Law Group can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. Call 1-844-GET-MORE today.