Losing a loved one is never easy. But when you’ve lost a family member because of someone’s negligence or recklessness, this is especially difficult to bear, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in many instances, is also preventable.
The CDC reports that there are an estimated 130,000 deaths each year attributed to avoidable incidents. If you suspect your family member’s death was caused by negligence, this information could be vital.
A wrongful death lawsuit enables the family of the deceased to recover monetary losses associated with the death of their loved one. Under the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act, you may be entitled to compensation if you have lost a family member due to a negligent or preventable act. The damages in a wrongful death case are meant to compensate for losses, like the loss of income, resulting from the death of a family member.
The key point to remember is that someone else must be to blame for your family member’s death, and you must be able to prove that.
Your rights as a relative will vary, however. As a spouse, child, parent, or grandparent of the deceased, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Some items you may be able to claim compensation for include:
Punitive damages are essentially “extra damages.” These extra damages, which equals extra compensation, are awarded for a number of reasons, like especially egregious conduct by the defendant or a monetary award that seemed a bit lacking.
To file a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania, you must be able to show or prove the following:
Wrongful deaths can occur for numerous reasons, but here are a few of the most common causes of wrongful deaths in Pennsylvania.
With funeral costs mounting and grief taking over, hiring a lawyer isn’t likely on your mind in terms of immediate things to do. And as we already mentioned, many victims aren’t even aware of their rights.
If you suspect that you may be entitled to wrongful death compensation, it’s important to understand the recourse options available to you. For instance, in Pennsylvania, you have two options – A wrongful death claim or a survival claim.
It’s also important to understand what, in Pennsylvania, there is a two-year statute of limitation. That means, in most cases, you have two years after the incident that caused a wrongful death to file a lawsuit.
In the aftermath of a loved one’s death, and if you suspect wrongful death, it’s important to look for a law firm that:
The gist of it is this: Experience matters!
Experience matters when choosing a lawyer in general, but perhaps even more so when it comes to choosing a wrongful death attorney.
The experienced lawyers at Ross Feller Casey have an unmatched record of winning multimillion-dollar recoveries in wrongful death lawsuits. We also have a team of Ivy League trained physicians and doctors who are also lawyers right on staff, making the firm uniquely qualified to litigate medical malpractice cases, no matter how difficult or complex.
Contact us today for your free wrongful death case evaluation.
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