What does “wrongful death” mean?
A wrongful death is a fatality caused by someone else’s negligence. It is typically the result of careless behaviors, such as impaired driving, negligent operation of heavy machinery, or medical malpractice. During a wrongful death lawsuit, the deceased’s family member or estate seeks compensation for the financial losses resulting from the death.
Pennsylvania’s Wrongful Death Act protects those who have lost a loved one due to careless or negligent behavior. Whether it is a parent, spouse, or child, surviving loved ones may be eligible for financial compensation for losses associated with the death.
What kind of losses can be recovered through a wrongful death lawsuit?
While there is no way to compensate for the loss of a loved one, you can be reimbursed for costs associated with the death. An experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer can help you recover financial losses you are entitled to, such as:
- Medical bills related to the death
- Burial and funeral costs
- Estate administration expenses
- Lost financial support
- Lost companionship
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased prior to death
What must be proven in order to receive compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit?
In order to receive compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit, the following must be proven:
- The death could have been avoided and was caused by negligent behavior
- The deceased person is survived by immediate family members, such as a spouse or children
- There were financial losses associated with the wrongful death
If you believe the loss of a family member was due to negligent or careless behavior, get in touch with the team at Qualified Counsel. We will evaluate your case and connect with the right lawyer.