Wrongful Death Cases–A Quick Guide

The only thing more devastating than losing a loved one is losing a loved one to a preventable accident. If your relative died as a direct result of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for the damages you incurred because of the accident. To determine if you may be eligible for a settlement, turn to Bernard M. Tully Attorney at Law in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Basics of Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
Determining Fault
In order to file a claim, you must first determine who is liable. In some cases, identifying the responsible party is fairly straightforward. For example, if your loved one was the victim of medical malpractice, their health care provider is likely at fault. In other cases, though, like those involving multi-vehicle collisions or product liability, determining fault is more challenging. That’s where an injury attorney will help.

Wrongful Death–Once your legal team determines you have grounds to file a claim, they will help you identify the liable party or parties. In general, you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one would have otherwise been able to file a personal injury claim had they not died under the circumstances.

Who Can File
In the state of Pennsylvania, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate files the wrongful death claim on behalf of any beneficiaries. If the deceased does not have a will, the court will assign a personal representative who will file the lawsuit on behalf of the victim’s spouse, children, or parents.Or the family members can agree to naming one family member who will act as the Estate’s representative.

Pittsburgh wrongful death and injury attorney Bernard Tully understands that some people may be overwhelmed by the mechanics of doing necessary legal things like opening an estate. Let us reassure you that this is a pretty easy things to do.

All that it means is  you just have to go to the local courthouse and fill out some basic paperwork. We will help you with it. Then the personal representative of the Estate has to be sworn in as the administratrix or executrix of the Estate.

Once the Estate is opened, Pittsburgh wrongful death and injury attorney Bernard Tully will be there to help you.

If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence and you want to file a wrongful death claim, turn to Wrongful Death AttorneyBernard M. Tully for legal help . Visit my firm online to explore our experience in all areas of personal injury law, and call (421) 281-8700 to schedule an initial consultation today.

We are here to help you in every aspect of your Wrongful Death claim.