It is a devastating time in a person’s life when they lose a loved one. This is especially so if the death is due to the negligence of another party. This can be seen in a variety of accidents or malpractice incidents. When this happens, it is known as wrongful death. Often times, people who face these situations want to seek justice for their loved one. This can be accomplished by filing a wrongful death claim. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney.
What is Wrongful Death?
In the state of Pennsylvania, wrongful death is defined as the “death of an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect or unlawful violence or negligence of another.” These situations may happen due to the negligence, carelessness, or poor behavior of another party. Unfortunately, this can result from automobile accidents, product malfunctions, medical malpractice, and more. When facing these situations, families are dealing with the loss of a life in addition to the loss of an income as well.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
If you are dealing with a situation of wrongful death, it is important to know your legal options. The state of Pennsylvania allows a personal representative of the deceased’s estate to file a claim on their behalf. However, this must be done within 6 months of the date of their death or the opportunity opens up to any beneficiary. The statute of limitations on filing a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the death.
When a person dies a wrongful death, it usually leaves their loved ones with significant burdens. This is not only emotionally, but sometimes financially as well. If the deceased was a dependable source of income, the family may now struggle to make ends meet. In addition to this, there are certain costs that come with taking care of a wrongful death. It is because of this that compensation may be awarded. In Pennsylvania, compensation may be available for the following damages:
- Medical bills, funeral costs, and other financial burdens
- The loss of income
- The loss of a relationship and companionship
- The loss of parental guidance and support for children
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
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Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.