Wrongful Death Claims
When a family member is killed due the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another person or company, you and your family have suffered a wrongful death.
For decades, our team has been helping families bring claims against insurance companies.
There is no case more serious than a wrongful death. Unfortunately, at the same time you and your family are trying to get your loved one’s affairs in order, the insurance companies will try to take advantage of your emotions and will offer a quick settlement. Don’t fall victim to this by talking to the insurance company without a lawyer. Our attorneys will help your family get the compensation to which you are entitled under Pennsylvania law, including funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and earnings, pain and suffering, punitive damages and more.
In PA, a wrongful death suit is governed by The Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act 42 Pa. C.S. § 8301 et seq. and can be filed by a spouse, a parent, or even a child. If the victim was unmarried and without children, the claim can be brought by the personal representative of the victim’s estate. When a case is brought, it is automatically made on behalf of all beneficiaries. Based on your circumstances, we will help determine whether or not you have a right to bring a claim on behalf of your loved one.
Serving families of wrongful death victims throughout Northwestern PA
Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations ordinarily requires that a wrongful death suit be filed (or settled with court approval) within two years of a victim’s death. As such, it is important to act quickly and hire an attorney to properly make the claim and file suit if necessary.
Don’t try to do everything on your own. Death and catastrophic injury cases are often complex and require expert investigation and testimony by independent specialists. Our lawyers work with a network of the nation’s top neurological experts, medical professionals, and vocational experts to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation your family will need for a lifetime of medical care, financial support for lost income, and social services.
We believe it is important that your wrongful death lawyer be capable of handling the entire case—including your loved one’s estate if you so choose. Rather than having to get a separate estate attorney involved, we offer the option of our firm opening and administering your loved one’s estate throughout the entire case. If you prefer to use your family’s estate attorney, we’re happy to work with them.
What’s the next step?
If you or a loved one in your family has suffered a catastrophic, life-changing injury, or has been killed in an accident, you already know that things will never be the same. Your entire life will be turned upside down as you're faced with medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income and support. You need help.
Call us for a free consultation. We don't charge a fee without a recovery, and we promise to handle your case with the respect and dignity your loved one and family deserve.
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Our attorneys will help your family get the compensation that you're entitled to under Pennsylvania law, including funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and earnings, pain and suffering, punitive damages and more.