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Pittsburgh Lawyers Help Families Seek Justice After a Wrongful Death

Dedicated advocates pursue payment for estate costs and unearned income

When negligence or intentional misconduct results in a fatality, family members will never be the same. Nothing can replace the victim, but Pennsylvania’s wrongful-death statute offers some legal relief to grieving loved ones. At the McClelland Law Group, P.C. in Pittsburgh, we are experienced advocates who represent family members and estate representatives in legal actions seeking compensation for final expenses, unearned wages, and other aspects of a wrongful death. Attorney Regis McClelland has more than 30 years of experience securing substantial verdicts and settlements in a wide variety of legal matters and can help you maximize the value of your wrongful death or survival claim.

Accomplished Pennsylvania firm handles cases involving fatal negligence

Throughout Allegheny County and the surrounding area, our firm handles litigation arising from all types of fatal incidents, including:

  • Auto accidents — We deal with insurance companies and other liable parties in claims relating to fatal car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.
  • Medical malpractice — If you believe that a loved one’s death was caused by a negligent healthcare provider, we have the ability and resources to unearth the truth.
  • Premises liability — Our firm pursues justice for families when someone dies on another’s property because of unsafe conditions or a lack of proper security.

State law allows wrongful death lawsuits to be filed within two years of the decedent’s passing, but prompt action gives you the best chance to present the strongest case possible. In a free initial consultation, we can outline how your matter might proceed.

Skillful attorneys obtain damages in wrongful death and survival claims

Two types of plaintiffs are eligible to bring a claim after someone dies because of another’s carelessness or intentional misconduct. Personal representatives of the victim’s estate are eligible to bring survival actions for funeral costs, and personal injury claims seeking compensation for medical expenses and the decedent’s pain and suffering. Wrongful death lawsuits can also be brought by spouses, children, and parents seeking damages such as:

  • Funeral expenses — Costs associated with burial, funeral services, and estate administration can be recovered.
  • Unearned wages and benefits — We prepare a detailed economic analysis to determine how much a decedent would have earned throughout their lifetime so that spouses and children can obtain relief for the financial harm caused by the death.
  • Loss of care and companionship — Family members can be awarded compensation for the value of the victim’s companionship and household contributions. If the victim had minor children, they can make a claim for the care and guidance that they have lost.

Though the time after a loved one’s untimely passing is stressful, it is often worthwhile to obtain qualified legal assistance rather than accepting a quick settlement offer from an insurance company or another defendant. Our firm conducts a thorough investigation and consults with medical experts, economists, and other professionals to increase your compensation.

Contact a Pittsburgh lawyer for a free consultation regarding a wrongful death claim

The McClelland Law Group, P.C. advises Pennsylvania clients on wrongful death litigation as well as personal injury and medical malpractice matters. Please call 412.391.7343 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our downtown office, located near the Duquesne University campus.