Wrongful Death Claims for Philadelphia Families
A “wrongful death” occurs when the act, omission, or misconduct of another (either an individual or company) results in the loss of human life. Circumstances of wrongful death include car accidents and accidents involving other types of vehicles, plane crashes, faulty products, dangerous drugs, faulty machinery or equipment, work-related accidents, construction accidents, medical negligence and malpractice, and a property owner’s negligence.
These are just some of the types of cases The Pearce Law Firm P.C. can help grieving families navigate. Every person or corporation responsible for your tragedy should be held accountable for every heartbreaking step you must take without your family member by your side.
Wrongful Death Compensation – How Much is Your Case Worth?
Wrongful death claims can be brought by the survivors and/or beneficiaries of the deceased. This usually includes children, parents, and spouses. An attorney can also represent the family in these cases and make sure every family member is considered in the amount of compensation.
The amount of money a wrongful death claim can earn will vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the accident. The level of negligence the at-fault person or company showed can increase the sum awarded or offered in settlement.
The number of hardships endured by the family and listed in a civil lawsuit can also affect to total compensation your family receives. Compensation might include funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, loss of income and future income, benefit and future benefits losses, loss of companionship for the spouse and children, mental anguish, suffering from physical and emotional pain, etc. In cases where there are minor children, additional factors may include loss of love, affection, care, guidance, parenting, support, and other services.
If the deceased experienced extreme pain before his or her death, these damages may also be awarded. This is called a “survival action,” since the personal injury action survives the person who suffered the injury. The person entitled to bring the wrongful death action (i.e., spouse, children, personal representative) can bring such an action together with the wrongful death action.
When To Seek an Attorney if you Suspect Wrongful Death?
The unexpected death of a family member will be traumatic and devastating. Families are usually overwhelmed with the grief and the hundreds of matters that need attention. Seeking compensation may be the last thing on the family’s mind. However, if your loved one’s death could have been prevented, it may be advisable to talk with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to preserve your rights.
The sooner the death is investigated, the better the chances of your being successful in any claim you might want to pursue. Of course, no amount of compensation can make up to you for the loss of your loved one, but a monetary award may be able to help with some of the financial challenges you will be facing as a result of your loss.
Expert and Compassionate Wrongful Death Counsel In Philadelphia
If your loved one’s death could have been prevented or was the result of negligence, malpractice, or wrongful conduct, please call The Pearce Law Firm P.C. for a free wrongful death consultation.
Edith Pearce is a caring and compassionate wrongful death attorney who can help guide you through the many challenges of this difficult time. She will be a passionate and persuasive advocate for you and your family. Before representing the rights of wronged or injured people, Ms. Pearce spent over ten years working as an attorney for an insurance company and defense firm. She knows how to litigate wrongful death cases to get you full and fair compensation for your losses and suffering.
If there has been a wrongful death in your family, The Pearce Law Firm P.C. of Philadelphia will work diligently on your behalf to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If there has been a wrongful death in your family, and you have questions about a wrongful death claim or survival action contact us today for a FREE WRONGFUL DEATH CONSULTATION.
We are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you and your family.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who can sue for a Wrongful Death Case?
In Pennsylvania, the law gives those close family members to the deceased the right to sue whomever negligently caused the victim’s death. The parent, child, or spouse of the deceased living with him or her and/or dependant on the deceased all have a right to sue. Each individual makes a claim based on their own losses because of the death of their loved one.
Do I need an attorney for a wrongful death claim?
Pennsylvania law requires that a representative of the family (all those who have a wrongful death claim) files a wrongful death claim. This can be an attorney or the executive of the estate of the deceased. Each person with the right to sue will make their own individual claims for their personal losses, and it will be in the same wrongful death claim.
How long does it take to settle a wrongful death claim?
Once the process of a wrongful death claim begins, the representative of the family will put together a claim and submit it to the at-fault person or their insurance company. If they can come to an agreement, then the case can settle fairly quickly. However, if it doesn’t then a case will have to be filed with the court, and the process slows down. There is always a chance to settle right up to and even during a trial.