- Our Team
- Practice Areas
- Case Results
Contact Us 24 Hours A Day
Any loss of life is tragic, not to mention extremely painful and heart-wrenching. However, when a loved one loses their life due to the wrongful actions, inactions, or negligence of another, the heartbreak can be unimaginable. A knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death lawyer will fight to hold those wrongdoers accountable and obtain the compensation the grieving family deserves. While a wrongful death lawyer won’t be able to bring a loved one back to life, a knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death lawyer can help obtain the financial compensation their family deserves. That’s why hiring the right wrongful death lawyer for your family is so important.
GKT’s wrongful death lawyers don’t only know the law and have the experience, they have the compassion and empathy needed to represent grieving loved ones. Our wrongful death lawyers know that this is perhaps the most difficult time of our clients’ lives and work tirelessly to make the process of resolving a wrongful death claim as quickly and painlessly as possible.
If a loved one has been killed by the wrongful actions, inactions, or negligence of another in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, call the wrongful death lawyers at Gold, Khourey & Turak. Our wrongful death lawyers are available at any time by calling (304) 845-9750, by Live Chat 24/7 at GKT.com, or online.
Since 1978, the people of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have trusted Gold, Khourey & Turak’s wrongful death attorneys to obtain the compensation they deserve for the loss of their family member. Our wrongful death attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and compassion to represent families suffering from the tragic loss of a loved family member.
The truth is, our wrongful death clients aren’t just clients—they’re neighbors and friends. Contact a GKT wrongful death lawyer today to schedule a free consultation today.
A wrongful death case can arise out of the wrongful actions, inactions, negligence, fault, or default of a person, company, or business that results in the death of another person. In essence, a person’s death is wrongfully caused by another person. When a wrongful death occurs, the family of the person killed may be entitled to significant compensation.
In West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, wrongful death cases may be the result of any number of different accidents or circumstances. The following are some of the most common accidents and circumstances that lead to wrongful death cases:
Motorcycles are more likely to be involved in accidents and more serious accidents due to being smaller and less visible than most vehicles on the road. When a motorcycle accident results in death, a wrongful death case is possible.
Work injuries happen more often than people think, especially in blue collar West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Workers that use heavy machinery and equipment are particularly vulnerable to work injuries and, unfortunately, work injuries that result in death. The families of workers killed on the job may have a wrongful death case.
Medical errors that result injuries are surprisingly common. The most serious medical errors result in death of the patient. Many medical malpractice cases include a wrongful death claim.
Though relatively rare, oil and gas well, facilities, and pipeline accidents do happen in our communities. Gas well explosions and pipeline explosions have occurred in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and will likely happen in the future. When they do, there is a very significant risk of death than can lead to a wrongful death case.
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death case. Typically, the personal representative of the decedent’s estate is the plaintiff in the wrongful death lawsuit. However, the people who may share in any compensation received from a wrongful death case are listed below.
In West Virginia, the following survivors may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case:
West Virginia law thus permits some flexibility as to who may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case. An experienced wrongful death lawyer will be able to tell you whether you may be entitled to a share of compensation.
In Ohio, the following survivors may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case:
In Pennsylvania, the following survivors may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case:
While nothing can bring back a loved one who was killed in an accident, many different types of monetary compensation may be available, including:
The amount of compensation for any particular wrongful death case depends on the facts and circumstances of the case, especially particular facts about the person who was killed.
For instance, lost wages and lost income are commonly the most significant source of compensation in a wrongful death case. A person making $75,000 per year will have more in lost wages and income than a person making $40,000 per year. However, if the person making $75,000 per year is 60 years old and set to retire soon, he or she will have less in lost wages and income if the person making $40,000 per year is 20 years away from retirement.
An experienced wrongful death lawyer can make sure that all sources of wrongful death compensation are explored so that the family left behind receives what they deserve. Contact a wrongful death lawyer at GKT today to learn more.
Any person, company, or business that wrongfully acts, fails to act, or acts negligently and causes the death of another person may be responsible for paying wrongful death compensation. The focus is on who or what (in the case of a company or business) performed the wrongful act that caused death.
Companies and business may be responsible for paying wrongful death compensation under certain circumstances. One such circumstance is what is referred to as “vicarious liability.” In the simplest terms, this legal doctrine means that a company or business is legally responsible for the actions or inactions of its employees when that employee is performing his or her job. Thus, if an oil and gas truck driver is driving recklessly and causes an accident leading to the loss of a life, not only is the truck driver potentially responsible but the oil and gas company and the owner of the truck may be as well.
An experienced wrongful death lawyer will make sure to investigate all possible persons and companies, businesses, etc. that may share some responsibility for paying wrongful death compensation. That ensures that the surviving family receives the compensation they deserve for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Determining whether a person is entitled to wrongful death compensation is not a simple task. A person may be entitled to wrongful death compensation if they answer “yes” to the following questions:
If you answer “yes” to both of these questions, it’s a good idea to contact a reputable wrongful death law firm as soon as possible. Even if you are unsure about the answers to these questions, it is still a good idea to contact a wrongful death lawyer to be 100% certain of your rights.
The first thing a good wrongful death lawyer will typically do is listen and learn—listen to you and not only learn about the accident but about you and your family. He or she will be compassionate and take all the time necessary in this time of need.
Once a wrongful death lawyer has met the family and gathered the facts, he or she will likely begin an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the evidence. Can a case be made that another person’s wrongful acts, inactions, or negligence caused this death? The best wrongful death lawyers will obtain police reports or accident reports, contact and interview witnesses, investigate possible defendants and insurance issues, and reach out to experts to help start building a case.
Evidence may “disappear” if it’s not preserved. That’s why the best wrongful death lawyers will take any and all actions necessary to preserve important evidence. Usually, this is done by means of a letter to preserve evidence and is one of the most important reasons to call a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Time is critical.
Once a wrongful death lawyer has a firm grasp of the case, he or she will likely contact any insurance companies at issue. The best wrongful death lawyers will almost always explore settlement negotiations without filing a lawsuit. A reputable wrongful death lawyer will always keep their client informed of settlement negotiations and will not make any offers to settle without receiving authorization from their client.
In the event that a settlement is not reached, a wrongful death lawyer must be prepared to file a lawsuit. A reputable wrongful death lawyer will not simply seek a quick and easy settlement and avoid filing a lawsuit. Again, a wrongful death lawyers should already be well-versed in the facts by this point and know the case’s strengths and weaknesses.
While many lawyers will file a lawsuit in the hope of an easy settlement, a knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death lawyer fights tirelessly to obtain the maximum amount of compensation due. That means preparing for all wrongful death cases as if they will end up at a trial, and be well-prepared if it does.
Most wrongful death lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that the wrongful death lawyer’s fee is a percentage of the total amount received at trial or by settlement. There should not be any upfront costs or any retainer fees.
Wrongful death cases often involve significant expenses for expert witnesses, among other things. Expenses can very easily run into five figures. When contacting a wrongful death attorney, make sure to ask whether the costs for expenses will be advanced and whether the client is required to pay back those expenses if the case is lost.
GKT’s wrongful death attorneys advance wrongful death case expenses and are only reimbursed if they obtain compensation at trial or by settlement.
In the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s passing, there is a great deal of sorrow, grief, and confusion. Of course, no one’s first thought or instinct is to call a wrongful death lawyer. However, it is extremely important that a wrongful death lawyer is contacted as soon as possible. The most important reasons include the following:
The statute of limitations is the time in which a lawsuit must be filed. If the time period expires, the lawsuit cannot be filed. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death case in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania is 2 years. However, a wrongful death lawyer needs a great deal of time to adequately investigate and prepare a wrongful death lawsuit. Waiting until the last possible minute to file a wrongful death lawsuit is a recipe for disaster.
A wrongful death lawyer should take immediate actions to ensure that any evidence that could be helpful to the case is preserved. Waiting to hire a wrongful death lawyer could result in the loss of crucial evidence needed to win the case.
The sooner a wrongful death lawyer is involved, the sooner the family can get back to what is most important—taking care of each other in a difficult time. A wrongful death lawyer can provide peace of mind about the legal aspects of the accident and deal with insurance companies.
If you believe you have a wrongful death case, it’s never too early to call a lawyer. Contact the wrongful death lawyers 24/7 at GKT.com.
A consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers is always free. GKT’s wrongful death lawyers are available to discuss your case 24/7, 365 days a year. All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don’t charge a fee unless we obtain compensation for you. If you think you have a wrongful death case, we are here to help.
We have representatives available 24/7 to answer your questions.
Get your free case evaluation now!