The legal definition of wrongful death is the civil action of charging another with being liable for the death of another due to negligence or failure to act. In a wrongful death case, contact to the Wrongful Death Lawyers in Philadelphia. Your legal team must prove that the negligence of another party is to blame for the death of another.
In most cases, the suddenness of the loss of a loved one and resulting confusion can lead to a feeling of powerlessness and futility by the surviving spouse and family members.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the wrongful death of a loved one, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their suffering. At the law offices of Philadelphia Injury Lawyers, our experienced Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim and help to fight for your MAXIMUM compensation amount.
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Who Can Make a Wrongful Death Claim?
The right to bring this claim as well as the claim for injuries sustained by a deceased person prior to their death may be brought only by the following exclusive classes of beneficiary (including by adoption):
- The surviving spouse and child or children of the deceased, or either the spouse or the child or children.
- The surviving father and mother of the deceased, or either of them if he left no spouse or child surviving. However, a father or mother who has abandoned the deceased during his minority is deemed not to have survived him.
- The surviving brothers and sisters of the deceased, or any of them, if he left no spouse, child, or parent surviving.
- The surviving grandfathers and grandmothers of the deceased, or any of them, if he left no spouse, child, parent, or sibling surviving.
- The deceased’s succession representative in the absence of any of the above class of beneficiary.
If your family members have suffered due to the wrongful death of loved one, the attorneys at Philadelphia Injury Lawyers recognize the emotional trauma involved in a wrongful death claim. We provide assistance to families suffering from the wrongful death of a loved one with practical and legal information regarding the various aspects of personal injury law and the handling of a wrongful death claim.
How is Wrongful Death Determined?
In a wrongful death case, the most important aspect of the case is proving that the party responsible for the death acted negligently or failed to act properly under the circumstances. Furthermore, proof of compensatory damages must also be shown. For example, if a spouse in a two-income household passes away, the incident will affect the entire household’s income.
Due to the many causes of wrongful death, a claim may be made against multiple parties, as in some cases more than one person may be held accountable. Some examples include:
- Defective Drug Manufacturers
- The Designer or Manufacturer of a Defective Product
- Medical Personnel (Surgeons, Nurses, Anesthesiologists)
- An Establishment That Served Alcohol to a Minor or Intoxicated Driver
- A Reckless Driver
In some cases, rather than negligence, it may need to be proven that the individual or party acted intentionally, knowing that their actions would cause the death of another.
Wrongful Death Compensation
Although compensatory damages are the most common type of compensation a person may seek after the death of a loved one, there are many other types of damages they may make a claim for.
Some other types of compensation they may wish to file for include:
- Pain and Suffering
- Burial Expenses
- Medical Expenditures
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Future Earnings
For certain damages, such as loss of future earnings, an expert may be brought forward to assist in proving the amount of earnings the individual may have earned over their lifetime.
Contact our Philadelphia Injury Lawyers Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
The loss of a family member due to an accident or injury causes great pain and turmoil as well as unimaginable financial and other losses within a family. Needless to say, it is important that the lawyer representing such victims has experience in litigating serious injury and catastrophic injury cases, and is familiar with other stresses and losses associated with such claims. Contact Us now.