Posted On: May 28, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Pittsburgh Wrongful Death: Woman Killed by Utility Pole

Marquetta Grate, a 28-year-old Pittsburgh woman, died after being hit by a utility pole that was knocked down by a truck on May 15.

According to an article, Grate was waiting for a bus in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood when a tractor-trailer making a right turn hit the pole and made it fall.

Grate tried to get out of the way, but was hit. She was taken to a hospital and later died.

The family of Marquetta Grate will need the services of a knowledgeable, experienced and skilled Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who will do a thorough investigation. Their attorney should be looking at other causes for this accident like a dangerous intersection, bad brakes, and so on.

If you suspect a loved one shouldn’t have died at all and that their death was due to the action or lack of responsible action of another person, Philly wrongful death lawsuits can be filed. In these lawsuits, the decedent’s heirs sue the negligent party or parties for damages related to the loss of life and their own pain and suffering.

The amount that can be claimed and the heirs who are allowed to file a Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuit can vary widely depending on jurisdiction. In addition, statutes of limitation may come into play that limit the time a family has to file a wrongful death lawsuit. For these reasons and due to the complexity of these cases, it is recommended that families, who think their family member’s death was wrongful, first contact an experienced Philadelphia wrongful death attorney for a case assessment. If the case is valid, the attorney can help investigate the claim, gather evidence, represent them in court, and collect the compensation they deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured or died due to negligence in Pennsylvania, we can assist you in evaluating your case. Contact a skilled Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at Cherry, Fieger, & Marciano today by calling 888-845-2706.