Pittsburgh civil courts make decisions based upon actions by defendants, accused of carelessly, recklessly or intentionally causing others' losses. In wrongful death cases, family members attempt to recover damages caused by the impact a loved one's death like funeral expenses, medical bills and lost family income.
A civil claim does not place a defendant on trial for an alleged crime. Criminal cases are separately-conducted government matters, which may or may not coincide with civil complaints. No criminal charges or convictions are required for civil lawsuits to proceed.