Losing a loved one is understandably devastating. If your loved one passed away due to a doctor’s negligence, you may consider talking with an attorney to explore your legal options. Of course, recovering compensation will never fill the void of losing your loved one in such a tragic way, but it can help ease some of the financial burdens associated with the death. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a medical professional, it is important to have a compassionate and experienced legal team on your side. The attorneys at Friedman Schuman are dedicated to helping you find justice in this tragic time. Contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation if your loved one was a victim of wrongful death in Pennsylvania.
Causes and consequences of wrongful death
In Pennsylvania, wrongful death can be defined as the “death of an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect or unlawful violence or negligence of another.” Wrongful death can occur in many different situations. However, there are specific causes of wrongful death can result in medical malpractice. Some of these causes may include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Faulty medical devices
- Poor post-operative care
If the decedent was the primary caretaker of a family, the repercussions may be amplified. Families may become void of not only a parent, spouse, or devoted family member, but they may also suffer from severe financial voids as a result of the death. Additionally, the family may be left with the unexpected burden of high medical bills and funeral costs that they were not financially prepared to endure.
Who can file a lawsuit for wrongful death?
When a family loses a loved one due to a wrongful death, a lawsuit may be filed by certain parties. Laws vary from state to state as to who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate is permitted to file on behalf of the beneficiaries. However, if the representative fails to file a wrongful death lawsuit within 6 months of the date the decedent passed away, any beneficiary has the right to file the claim. This must be done within two years from the date of death in accordance with Pennsylvania’s statutes of limitations.
Contact a Montgomery County wrongful death attorney
If your loved one passed due to the negligence of a medical professional, you may want to consider your legal options. It is important to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney who can effectively assess your case. Friedman Schuman has over 30 years of experience compassionately representing clients during such tragic times. If you have questions about a wrongful death matter in Pennsylvania, contact Friedman Schuman today.