Philadelphia Area Wrongful Death Attorneys
Need Help Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Losing a family member can be financially devastating, as well as a terrible emotional loss. If a family member passes away because of an accident, as a survivor, you may be able to make a legal claim for damages against the person or organization responsible for the accident.
Often, the unexpected death of a loved one results in a change in caretaking responsibilities and requires expensive and time consuming funeral and burial arrangements. If you have lost a loved one due to an intentional act, or the negligence or recklessness of an individual or a company, it is important to know that in Pennsylvania, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of the death to meet the statute of limitations and preserve one’s right to suit.
Sometimes it is not always obvious who may be at fault for a fatal accident. For example, the Highway Department is potentially responsible for an auto accident if the design of the highway helped to cause the accident. Apartment complexes may be responsible for fatal shootings on their property if the managers of the apartment were aware of previous dangerous criminal activity and failed to warn or protect their tenants. Auto manufacturers can be responsible if the design of their vehicles made a car accident more dangerous or more likely to cause injury than it should have been.
If your family member has died as the result of an injury or accident caused by someone or some entity’s negligence or recklessness, medical malpractice, a defective product or some other cause, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of a loved one’s death. Other close relatives may also be able to seek damages under certain circumstances as well.
Under Pennsylvania law, and in most other states in the US, close relatives of the deceased victim are entitled to seek damages as a result of a victim’s death. For example, the spouse of a deceased victim or the parents of a deceased child are entitled to seek damages for the deaths of their loved ones.
If you have lost a loved one and are unsure if you might have a claim for wrongful death, please call Silver & Silver for a free attorney consultation.