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Stewart, Murray and Associates Law Group (SMA Law Group) are experienced, aggressive and compassionate Personal Injury Attorneys and Criminal Lawyers serving Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region. We represent clients injured in accidents as well as clients facing criminal charges and DUI charges in Pennsylvania.
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Pittsburgh Wrongful Death Attorney

Information on Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Pennsylvania

When someone is taken from us too early it can be a great shock, leaving people with a huge amount of grief, and wondering why the tragedy had to happen in the first place.ย This is especially true if someone was unexpectedly killed in a car wreck, a worksite accident, during a medical procedure or due to someone elseโ€™s negligence, reckless behavior or violence.

Even though grief persists in this dark period, life goes on for the surviving family members after the untimely death of a loved one. Unfortunately, bills still have to be paid, people have to go to work, a funeral has to be arranged and mouths have to be fed.

This is the worst possible time to have to worry about money, and while no amount of compensation can make up for a loved oneโ€™s premature death, families should not have to pay for the long-term financial ramifications of a deadly accident that was the fault of another person, employer, medical professional or faulty product.

Ourย compassionateย personal injury attorneysย are here to help answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights under Pennsylvania laws.

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If someone is to blame for the death of your loved one, even if they were cleared of criminal charges, either he or she (or their insurance company) could be held liable for damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful death is a legal term used in civil cases for a death caused by anotherโ€™s negligence. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by immediate surviving family members, such as a spouse, parent or child or someone assigned as a personal representative.

As a close family member or a dependent of the deceased, you may be entitled to collect compensation for any of the following financial burdens:

  • Lost wages and future lost wages of the deceased
  • Lost benefits
  • Lost inheritance
  • End of life expenses and funeral costs
  • Hospital and medical costs
  • Projected future financial contributions (mortgage & tuition)
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Compensation for loss of household services and other support
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Punitive damages / Exemplary damages

The Wrongful Death Attorneys atย SMA Law Groupย are compassionate people who can answer your questions about the legal options for collecting the maximum compensation you deserve. We want to make a positive difference in your life by helping you recover the costs of your loved oneโ€™s unjustified death.

We work with families to deal with the insurance companies involved. These insurance companies also have attorneys working for them in order to pay you the minimum amount possible. We will aggressively fight the insurance companies and their attorneys in order to get you the full compensation you deserve.

Our Pittsburgh Attorneys giveย FREE case evaluationsย and we do not collect any fees unless we make a recovery for you.

Causes Of Wrongful Death

A wrongful death can happen in any type of accident where another person, doctor or medical professional, organization, company or manufacturer is to blame for someone elseโ€™s premature death.

Even if a person is cleared of criminal charges, such as in aย car accidentย for example, they can still be held liable for a wrongful death and their insurance company could be forced to pay the compensation owed to the family of the deceased.

Wrongful death can be the result of any of the following:


Families who have recently lost a loved one have a great amount to deal with, and the last thing they should be doing in their grief is trying to collect medical records and accident reports. However, after an accident it is critical to start investigating the case right away so that all evidence can be collected in order to build a strong and winnable case.

Fortunately, you do not have to do this alone. Our attorneys have compassion and empathy for what you and your family are going through and we will take charge in gathering the evidence for your case. You will not ever have to pay us unless we make a recovery for you.

We will start as soon as possible in speaking to witnesses, gathering police reports and filing the necessary paperwork.

Call our wrongful death attorneys today for aย free evaluation of your case.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Pennsylvania a wrongful death claim can be filed by a spouse, adult child or a parent, unless someone else is named as the personal representative before the death occurred. Minors need an adult guardian to file a wrongful death claim.

Extended family members are only eligible to file a wrongful death claim if the victim had no surviving spouse, child or parent.

A family member can also assign a personal representative to the victim to sue on behalf of the beneficiaries. If the personal representative does not file the wrongful death claim within six months of the date of death any of the beneficiaries may file the claim on behalf of all the beneficiaries.


โ€œStatute of limitationsโ€ is simply a legal term used to describe the time frame in which you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death. This is why it is important to speak to aย Personal Injury Attorneyย as soon as possible.

How SMA Law Group Can Help

Whether you or your loved one was killed in an accident or is the victim ofย medical malpractice, we are here to guide you and your family through a difficult time.

We are compassionate attorneys who will fight for the maximum compensation entitled to you.ย We will aggressively push the car insurance and health insurance companies to get the maximum compensation they owe for the death of your loved one.

Our experienced attorneys will investigate your case and speak with witnesses, medical professionals and law enforcement officials to build a strong and winnable case.

We will meticulously evaluate your medical records, police logs and accident reports and consult with the medical experts to prove who was at fault for the tragedy. We want to help you hold those to blame for the death of your loved one, and their insurance companies, accountable for the money they owe you.

Our Pittsburgh Wrongful Death Attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning that you will not pay us anything unless we win your case. There is no fee inย simply talking to usย and letting us hear your story.

SMA Law Group: The Difference Makers

Our primary goal is to get you the maximum compensation for the death of your loved one. We understand your rights and how to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Our attorneys are not just here to collect a paycheck โ€“ we are here to make a difference.ย Contact us today.

Tell Us Your Stories and Ask Us Your Questions

Call 412-765-3345 for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are available by phone, email or in-person.

SMA Law Group attorneys believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.

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