Accidents can happen every day. Sometimes, the victims end up with minor injuries and bruises, but in some cases, someone may end up paying the ultimate price. When this tragedy occurs, the surviving family members may seek legal help in order to file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for causing the accident.
But who exactly can file a wrongful death claim? To find out more about it, we talked with Pittsburgh wrongful death attorneys. This is what they had to say.
The Closest Family Members
After the accident, the closest family members can sue the party responsible for causing the accident. These family members include:
- A spouse
In some cases, where the deceased had no spouse or children, or parents or siblings, their grandparents could be eligible to file a claim. If the deceased had no close relatives, their other relatives (cousins) could file a wrongful death claim. However, this is very rare and usually, there is someone from the close family that can file the claim and seek compensation for:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parenthood
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss fo financial help
- Burial and funeral costs
- The deceased’s lost wages
- The deceased’s medical costs
- The deceased’s mental, physical pain, and suffering
In order to obtain compensation, the surviving family members have to contact an experienced attorney, find out who was responsible for causing the accident and see if they are eligible for compensation.
If you lost someone in an accident, and you have no clue where to start, contact wrongful death attorneys in Pittsburgh, schedule your free initial consultation, and learn everything about your eligibility to sue and file a wrongful death claim.
Attorneys will help you investigate the accident, and determine just how much you can receive from your compensation. The goal is to be realistic and not to expect “too much”. Also, even if your claim is successful, it may take some time before you are awarded the funds. Until then, unfortunately, you and your family have to continue to live and struggle.
Who Can You Sue?
In most wrongful death lawsuits, you are eligible to sue multiple personas. Sometimes, you can sue the government agencies or their employees. In other cases, you could sue the truck driver and the truck company. There could be many different defendants following an accident:
- The driver or employer at-fault
- The designer of the faulty roadway
- A government agent who failed to provide adequate warnings regarding road hazards
- The manufacturer, installer or distributed of a faulty vehicle part
- The persona who sold alcohol or medications to the impaired driver
- The owner of the premises where the alcohol was served
Speak with attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today, and let them help you evaluate your situation and decide who to include in your lawsuit. You will be in good hands, and attorneys take over, you will be able to spend more time with your family and mourn the loss of your loved one.