If you are here today because you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or negligence of someone else, we know that this is a difficult time for you and your family. When you need help from a wrongful death lawyer, we are here to help.
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., you can count on us to thoroughly investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. Let us help you hold the people responsible accountable for their actions.
What does wrongful death look like?
Wrongful death cases arise in many different ways, but they all involve cases in which the negligent or careless actions of an individual, company, or entity contributed to a person’s death. These cases are brought against the negligent party by the family members of the deceased (or that person’s estate). Sometimes there is a criminal case related to these deaths, but not always. Wrongful death cases are civil lawsuits, not criminal cases.
As we review some of the common causes of wrongful death, please know that this is not a complete list and you should always speak with a qualified attorney to help you through this.
- Vehicle Accidents – In Pennsylvania’s latest reporting year, there were more than 1,100 vehicle crash fatalities, a number that has remained steady over the last five years. In many cases, these fatalities are the result of extreme driver negligence (impaired driving, distracted driving, reckless driving behavior).
- Workplace Accidents – If an employer does not provide a safe working environment or refuses to remedy hazardous situations, they could be held liable if a worker dies, as can a third-party that is responsible for a workplace death (contractors, freelancers, etc.).
- Product Liability – Sometimes faulty products are recalled, but there are many cases in which we do not know a product is defective until it causes consumer injuries. Companies and manufacturers should be held responsible for design flaws, manufacturing errors, and labeling problems.
- Medical Mistakes – Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country, with some estimates saying they kill as many as 440,000 people a year. These mistakes are the result of healthcare provider carelessness or negligence.
- Criminal Activity – If a person kills someone while they are committing a crime, whether intentionally or unintentionally, they should be held accountable both criminally through the justice system and civilly through a wrongful death lawsuit.
You are not alone in this fight
After a tragic incident like this, we know that it can be difficult to know your next steps. If the negligence of another person, group, or entity caused the death of your loved one, The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are standing by to help. Our goal is to secure the compensation that you and your family deserve, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
- Cost of pre-death medical care
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of companionship damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible