What is a wrongful death claim in Pennsylvania?

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What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is defined as when an individual dies as a result of another person’s negligence, carelessness, or behavioral misconduct. Cases in which this can be seen can include automobile accidents, product malfunctions, medical malpractice, unsafe premises, and more. Families who are faced with this unimaginable situation generally struggle with the aftermath of their loved one’s death. Just some of the burdens include the loss of an income and the loss of their life.

What are the different ways that wrongful death accidents can occur?

There are several different ways that wrongful deaths can occur. Lawsuits are typically sought in the event of the following situations:

  • Defective products: If a product causes death because of a malfunction, an unsafe design, or it lacked a warning label.
  • Automobile accidents: When death happens due to negligent driving while behind the wheel of a vehicle. This can be because of distracted or dangerous driving.
  • Medical negligence: When a patient passes away because a health care professional did not supply the lawful standard of care when treating them.

What type of compensation can be recovered for a wrongful death claim?

The wrongful death of a loved one can leave a family with financial burdens. In addition to a loss of income, there are several expenses that come with taking care of a wrongful death situation. This can become stressful for a family to manage, which is why they are able to pursue financial compensation to conceal these costs. It is important to have a skilled attorney at this time to help them. In the state of Pennsylvania, compensation may be awarded for the following:

  • Expenses for medical bills, funeral costs, and other financial burdens
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of relationship and companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance and support for children

It is essential to note that there is a statute of limitations on filing a claim for wrongful death. This holds family members to meet a specific deadline in order to seek legal action. The statute of limitations to file a claim for wrongful death in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the death. Give our firm a call today to get started on your case. Our personal injury attorneys will ensure you meet each of your claim’s deadlines.


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