Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorneys
We stand up for families in Pittsburgh and throughout Western PA
We understand how hard it is to lose a loved one, and it becomes even more challenging when someone's negligence causes it. Our Pittsburgh nursing home wrongful death lawyers are here to help your family get the support you need during this difficult time. We know how to hold nursing facilities accountable for abuse and neglect and pursue justice for your family.
Wrongful death claims can be complex and have high stakes. That's why you need a skilled nursing home wrongful death lawyer from Hal Waldman & Associates. Attorney Hal Waldman, who has served as an expert witness in nursing home wrongful death cases, can help you deal with the legal side of things while you focus on grieving and healing.
Understanding wrongful death in nursing homes
A wrongful death in a nursing home happens when someone passes away because of preventable abuse or neglect.
In these cases, the law allows the deceased's family to seek justice and compensation for their loss. It's a way to hold responsible parties accountable for the harm they caused and to help the family cope with the impact of the loss.
Common causes of wrongful death in nursing homes
In nursing homes, many factors can contribute to wrongful death cases. Some of the most common causes include:
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, if someone you love passes away due to negligence or wrongful actions in a nursing home, you might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under Pennsylvania law, the personal representative of the estate usually must file the lawsuit. The personal representative may have been named in your loved one’s Last Will and Testament or appointed by the court. If the personal representative does not file a claim within six months of the date of death, then any of the deceased person’s beneficiaries (which may include a surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, or other relatives) can file a claim.
How long do you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
To take legal action, there's a specific deadline, referred to as the statute of limitations, within which you can file a nursing home wrongful death lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, it is generally two years from the date of the person's passing. Missing this deadline will more than likely prevent you from being able to take legal action.
A nursing home wrongful death attorney can help you be aware of and meet these deadlines. If you're unsure about the deadlines or other requirements to file a lawsuit for your loved one, contact an experienced attorney at Hal Waldman & Associates.
Nursing home wrongful death compensation
No amount of money can bring your loved one back. However, seeking compensation can help your family in many ways. Wrongful death compensation aims to provide financial support and acknowledgment for the loss your family has endured. Nursing home wrongful death compensation can cover the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Estate administration expenses
- Loss of care, companionship, and guidance
Get support from a compassionate wrongful death attorney
If your family is facing the heartbreaking aftermath of wrongful death in a nursing home, you deserve the justice and compensation that can help bring closure and support. To ensure you pursue the rightful compensation your loved one deserves, speak with one of our Pittsburgh attorneys at Hal Waldman & Associates.
Our attorneys have the experience and empathy needed to navigate nursing home wrongful death cases. We're committed to standing by your side throughout this challenging journey. Let us provide you with guidance and support through legal representation. We strive to seek accountability and honor the memory of your loved one. Contact us today for a free consultation.