Are you a dependent who has suffered the wrongful death of a contributing family member in the Philadelphia area? Whether you are the spouse, child or parent of the victim, if you have suffered the wrongful death of a family member you may be entitled to compensation. In Pennsylvania, dependents and immediate family members are normally eligible to bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased to recover damages for the death of an individual “caused by the wrongful act or neglect or unlawful violence or negligence of another.”
The attorneys at Donaghue and Labrum, LLP, understand that there is nothing more difficult then managing the death of a family member. A wrongful death can be a burden on your family both mentally, physically and financially.
Whether a wrongful death occurs as a result of medical malpractice or a car accident, they are all too common in the Philadelphia area. In 2013, there were 1,208 fatalities on Pennsylvania Roadways, some of which resulted in wrongful death suits. In the last decade, a total of 225,000 Americans per year have died as a result of their medical treatments. While not all of these fatalities resulted in wrongful death lawsuits, the effects can still be devastating on the family. Therefore, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can ensure that you are properly compensated for your loss.
The Wrongful Death Act was created to provide compensation and assistance to the family of the deceased when they suffer a death of a family member that they were not anticipating. The individual bringing the lawsuit must have been dependent on the deceased. Meaning the individual suffers a loss because the deceased is no longer able to provide contributions, such as shelter, food, clothing, etc.
How We Can Help
The attorneys at Donaghue & Labrum, LLP, have been handling wrongful death cases in the Philadelphia area for decades. If you are the spouse, children or parents of a victim who suffered a wrongful death then you need to call a personal injury lawyer right away. You may be entitled to compensation for pre-death pain and suffering, medical expenses, and funeral costs. For a free consultation, call us today at (610) 565-9120. We also make in-home appointments.