If a loved one’s death is the result of someone else’s negligence, it is a traumatic and emotional time for you and your family. Losing a loved one is the hardest thing a person will ever have to go through. The sudden loss of a loved one, especially when it is the result of someone else’s negligence, raises many issues for you and your family members as you go through the grieving process. There are emotional issues, unexpected financial strain, and future potential financial burdens due to lost wages, estate administration expenses, medical bills related to the incident, and funeral and burial expenses.
With your family’s financial future at stake, it might be hard to consider legal action. However, if the death is the result of a negligent act, you and your family members are entitled to fair compensation. Nothing can replace your loved one, but a wrongful death lawsuit works to recover compensation.
Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys are experienced in filing a wrongful death lawsuit which should help bring closure to your family and ensure that all of the responsible parties are held accountable for their negligent actions.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact a wrongful death lawyer who has experience handling a wrongful death claim in West Chester, PA, and all surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
The West Chester wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman have the experience and track record of recovering damages whether it’s through a wrongful death settlement or a successful wrongful death lawsuit. They work closely with qualified experts who analyze the negligent act and cause of death, gathering testimony, medical evidence, and, when necessary, accident reconstruction information. A wrongful death lawsuit is successful when your attorney is experienced and knowledgeable of the wrongful death claims process.
In Pennsylvania, wrongful death is a legal term that refers to a civil personal injury claim that can be pursued when someone’s death is caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another. Wrongful death laws aim to provide compensation to the surviving spouse, family members, or beneficiaries who have suffered harm and losses as a result of the death.
According to Pennsylvania law, a wrongful death occurs when the death of an individual is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, unlawful violence, or negligence of another party.
There are several key elements of a wrongful death claim in Pennsylvania typically include:
Death of a person: There must be a death of an individual for a wrongful death claim to be pursued. The deceased person may be a family member, spouse, or other loved one.
Wrongful act or negligence: The death must have been caused by the wrongful act, negligence, or misconduct of another party. A wrongful death action can include medical malpractice, a car accident, a defective product, a premises liability claim, and/or intentional harm.
Legal causation: It must be shown that the wrongful act or negligence directly caused or substantially contributed to the person’s death. There must be a causal link between the actions of the defendant and the resulting fatality.
Surviving family members or beneficiaries: Pennsylvania law specifies who can file a wrongful death claim. Generally, the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased have the primary right to bring a claim. If none of these parties are available, other family members or individuals who suffered financially as a result of the death may be eligible to pursue a claim.
Your wrongful death lawyer will be by your side throughout the process. Our attorneys will aggressively fight for your rights but always with compassion for grieving families. We know how to pursue compensation but remain mindful that this is likely uncharted territory for you and we seek to be transparent and keep you informed. Together we represent the memory of the deceased person while pursuing the wrongful death suit.
*The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman does not offer any guarantee of case results. Past success in litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future lawsuit.
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman will help you seek monetary compensation for:
Hospital bills can be overwhelming, particularly if your accident caused brain & spinal injuries or other serious injuries. Reimbursement for medical bills is an essential part of recovery in an injury case.
Serious injury to your neck and/or back may require years of medical attention and exhaustive physical therapy.
Recovery for lost wages is essential. In addition, you could be entitled to income continuation.
A wrongful death claim must be filed within a certain period of time per PA law. A wrongful death attorney can explain this time restraint which is called the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations to file a wrongful death in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury or death.
After this time has passed, you may be barred from bringing a claim. Additionally, your insurance company might require you to provide a statement within 30 days of the accident. Our Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers will make sure all necessary documentation for your wrongful death case is filed in a timely fashion.
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman is proud of the reputation it has built successfully negotiating and litigating for clients who have a wrongful death case.
Learn more about our personal injury law firm, the legal team, and its verdicts and settlements. An experienced attorney is what you will need and want if you seek to obtain maximum compensation for your wrongful death claim.
Wrongful deaths are those caused by another person’s negligent actions. Sometimes, wrongful death is the result of a person’s deliberate actions. A person facing criminal charges for murder can also be sued for wrongful death. However, even when the person who caused the death wasn’t aware of their wrongdoing, that may still be considered negligent and they may be responsible for paying medical bills or funeral expenses and wrongful death damages to surviving family members.
The West Chester wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman have filed wrongful death claims for all types of conduct that lead to wrongful death. A wrongful death lawsuit can be based on any number of actions including:
Motor Vehicle Accident
Dangerous Property Defects
Slips and Falls
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Gas Explosion Death
Falls from Heights
Baby Powder Cancer Death
Building Collapse Death
It takes experienced PA wrongful death lawyers to evaluate your case and make a determination if you have a valid wrongful death lawsuit. If so, as your personal representative, our attorneys will assist you with your legal claim, file a wrongful death lawsuit immediately, and manage the wrongful death case through all phases of the litigation process.
Under Pennsylvania law, wrongful death lawsuits may be brought by immediate family members, which is limited to the surviving spouse, parent, or child.
If someone you love died due to someone else’s mistake or negligence, you need an experienced lawyer who’s familiar with wrongful death claims, Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuits, and the state’s statute of limitations. We will fight tirelessly for your family’s right to financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and more.
If your loved one died as the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve maximum compensation, and someone needs to be held accountable for their negligence. Experienced wrongful death attorneys will thoroughly examine the available evidence to determine the exact cause of the wrongful death. They will determine the identities of all potentially liable parties and work tirelessly to get you compensated for your loss. Our wrongful death lawyers will assist in all ways necessary to make your case including:
Investigate the facts of your case
Locate and question witnesses and interview any and all parties who can potentially back up your claim
Employ experts including medical and accident reconstruction
Speak with the responding officer(s) and examine the officer’s police reports and any drawings and measurements
Inspect the vehicles involved in the car accident for potential defects
Review medical records
Advise on the deceased person’s estate
Negotiate with the insurance company
Appear at settlement conferences and court dates
Litigate your case in court at trial
Wrongful death cases are emotional. Our West Chester wrongful death lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you need to move on.
The Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman are knowledgeable of the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act. They have represented wrongful death victims and acted as legal and personal representatives for those who seek compensation and seek legal representation after a victim’s death.
The wrongful death lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman are compassionate, dedicated attorneys who are sensitive to a client’s needs outside of the courtroom and can provide both legal and emotional support. At this difficult time, you deserve to be with your loved ones. Let an experienced wrongful death attorney take care of your legal matters. If you are in need of legal advice or would like to get started with a wrongful death claim, call the Law Offices of Craig Altman, or use our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.