Wrongful deaths are those that are caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, inaction, or malpractice. When a family member is killed as a result of another’s behavior, dependents are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Beneficiaries are often rewarded monetary damages as a result of the defendant’s misconduct. Wrongful death can be caused by a truck, motorcycle, or auto accident, by a physician’s misconduct or negligence, or due to a work-related injury.
What is a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death claim is a claim for damages arising out of someone's death when the death is caused by the negligence or fault of someone else. Dependents and immediate family members (including parents, spouses, and children) are almost always eligible to take a wrongful death lawsuit to court. Minors may need an adult guardian to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death action must be brought within two years after the death of such deceased person
What damages can be recovered?
Some of the damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death claim include, but may not be limited to:
- Medical bills
- Funeral bills
- Lost wages, including future earnings
- Lost benefits
- Lost inheritance
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of support or companionship
- General damages
- Punitive damages
After a wrongful death, insurance companies often push for an immediate settlement. The family of the victim should contact experienced personal injury lawyers to fully assess the ramifications. The attorneys at Kope and Associates are dedicated to pursuing justice and will work diligently to review, prepare, and represent your case.
If someone you love has been killed by someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentional behavior, our injury lawyers can help. To schedule a free consultation and case review, contact Kope and Associates as soon as possible.