Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a loved one because of the negligence of another person can be far more difficult to bear. Families are oftentimes left with more questions than answers and uncertainty about what actions they can or should take on their loved one’s behalf. An experienced personal injury attorney could help answer these questions
At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our Media wrongful death lawyers know this feeling of uncertainty all too well because we have helped hundreds of families over the past 20 years managing the stress that often follows a wrongful death. We not only understand exactly what you’re going through, but we also know what steps you can and should take following a fatal accident.
Signs Of Wrongful Death
In order to make a claim for wrongful death, there must be an indication of negligence on the part of the at-fault party, which is the same in any personal injury claim. Some examples of situations involving negligence include:
If negligence was a factor, then a civil action may be filed against the at-fault party or parties, such as with dram shop liability cases. However, due to the Pennsylvania statute of limitations, wrongful death claims need to be filed within two years of a person’s death or risk forfeiting the right to seek compensation.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Media?
When we turn to Title 42, Chapter 83 of the Pennsylvania General Statutes, Section 8301, we can see that all wrongful death claims in Pennsylvania must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. In many cases, a personal representative is designated in the deceased’s will or estate plan. If the deceased had no will or estate plan, then the court can appoint a personal representative on behalf of the estate.
Although wrongful death claims are filed by the personal representative of the deceased, these claims are brought to the court on behalf of the estate’s beneficiaries. To that end, if the personal representative of the estate does not file the wrongful death claim within six months from the date of the deceased person’s death, any of the beneficiaries of the estate may file a claim on behalf of all the beneficiaries.
Some of the most common individuals to serve as personal representatives of an estate include:
- The spouse of the deceased
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
- Other individuals that were dependent on the deceased
- Individuals that are beneficiaries of the estate (determined by intestate laws)
What Types Of Compensation Are Available For A Media Wrongful Death Claim?
If you have lost a loved one due to the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of another person or entity in Pennsylvania, there may be various types of compensation available to the beneficiaries of the estate. These are civil cases, and the liability of the defendant (alleged at-fault party) will be expressed in terms of monetary damages. These damages can include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Hospital and medical expenses of the deceased
- Estate administration costs
- Lost wages and benefits the deceased would have provided in their lifetime had they survived
- Compensation for a loss of household services, society, companionship, and comfort provided by the deceased
- Compensation for pain and suffering damages
- Loss of consortium damages for a spouse
The total amount of compensation available in the aftermath of a Media wrongful death case will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. A Media wrongful death lawyer will be able to thoroughly investigate your case and work to obtain maximum compensation on behalf of your family.
Time Limit To File High Wrongful Death Claim
It is important to understand that there is a limited amount of time for the personal representative or beneficiaries of an estate to file a wrongful death claim. The Pennsylvania wrongful death statute of limitations is two years from the date of the deceased person’s death. If a wrongful death claim is not filed within this two-year timeframe, the estate and beneficiaries will lose their ability to recover any compensation for their losses.
Make An Appointment With a Media Wrongful Death Attorney
If you believe negligence is the reason one of your loved ones is deceased, then we encourage you to talk to an attorney at our firm. We know the signs that indicate a wrongful death claim, and we can help you understand your right to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses, burial costs, and loss of companionship.
To schedule a free initial consultation with a Media wrongful death lawyer, contact us.