Let an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney File Your Lawsuit in Philadelphia
What are your legal options when your loved one loses his or her life due to a negligent act of another party? Under Pennsylvania law, you may have two different options for collecting compensation from at-fault parties:
- A wrongful death action in which the deceased’s loved ones may sue for the losses that they have suffered due to the death.
- A survival action in which the decedent’s estate may sue for damages that could have been collected had the victim survived the accident or incident.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, I can help you understand both of these legal actions as well as which route may be best for your needs, your family, and your circumstances. A PA wrongful death case can be more complex than a personal injury claim, and it is vital to have an experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate Philadelphia, PA wrongful death attorney at your side throughout the process.
Common Examples of Wrongful Death
In order to file a successful wrongful death case, you must prove that your loved one’s death was caused by another party’s negligence and that the surviving family members suffered a loss due to the incident and death. The circumstances of your loved one’s death may vary considerably, and may include the following:
- A motor vehicle accident.
- A public transportation accident.
- Slip and fall accidents or premises liability accidents.
- Medical malpractice or medical negligence.
- A fatal birth injury.
- Nursing home neglect or abuse.
If your loved one died in an incident that was caused by someone else, you should speak with an experienced wrongful death lawyer immediately.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, only immediate and dependent relatives may file a wrongful death action. Generally, this is limited to the spouse of the victim, the children of the victim, and the parents of the victim. These relatives could also include some stepchildren and dependent minors living in the victim’s household. Perhaps the best way to know if you can sue for wrongful death in Pennsylvania is to ask yourself if you directly suffered serious financial and emotional losses due to the death of your loved one.
Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Under state law, you must file a wrongful death action within two years from the date of your loved one’s death. If you are filing a survival action, you must file your lawsuit within two years from the date of your loved one’s accident and injury, rather than the date of their death.
Filing a wrongful death action or survival action sooner rather than later may be greatly beneficial to your case. Not only is evidence easier to collect, but surviving family members will also receive the compensation they need faster if they successfully settle or win their case.
Meet With a Philadelphia Wrongful Death Attorney & Tell Your Story
I understand that every aspect of losing a loved one is painful, from the grief of losing your family member, to the stress of losing a contributing member of your household. While it is impossible to turn back time or make things right again, I can help you get justice under the law, which includes seeking the compensation that you need and deserve.
I offer the family members of wrongful death victims a private, free legal consultation. To schedule your meeting with an experineced injury attorney, and get your questions answered about wrongful death actions, call me any time day or night at 1-215-771-0430. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form and I will get back to you within 24 hours.