Suffering through the wrongful death of a loved one can be a heart-wrenching, overwhelming experience, often worsened by the fact that the death could have been avoided had the negligent defendant(s) exercised proper care.
In Pennsylvania, wrongful death can be caused by a number of different factors, such as the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another.
Depending on the nature of your relationship with the deceased, you may be entitled — pursuant to Pennsylvania wrongful death laws — to recover damages as compensation for your various injuries. If the law does, in fact, entitle you to recover for the wrongful death of your loved one, then the personal representative of the deceased will have to file suit on your behalf.
If six months have passed after the death of the decedent, and the personal representative has not filed a wrongful death action, then Pennsylvania law entitles any potential beneficiary to bring an action on behalf of all persons entitled to a share of wrongful death damages.
Every wrongful death lawsuit is unique and must be tailored to the particular circumstances of the case. As such, in order to maximize the possibility of recovering for wrongful death, you’ll want to work with an experienced wrongful death attorney. To get connected today with a personal injury attorney, call The Law Office of Mark A. Smith at (412) 368-8398 for a free consultation with lead Attorney Smith, who has enjoyed a great deal of success in wrongful death litigation over the course of his career.
Attorney Smith has specialized in handling cases involving wrongful death claims that arise from the following circumstances:
Damages in a wrongful death action are essentially those damages that you suffered resulting from the loss of your loved one. Wrongful death damages include, but are not necessarily limited, to the following:
Due to the complicated nature of most wrongful death claims, insurance companies work aggressively to limit their liability. As such, it is critical that you avoid speaking with any insurers without the guidance of an attorney — do not attempt to enter into any negotiations or settlements with insurance companies before consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney.
If your loved one has died due to the fault of another, you may be entitled to recover damages as compensation for their wrongful death. Wrongful death cases can involve unique difficulties, from the plaintiff’s status and damage entitlement to conflicts over the circumstances of the death itself. It’s therefore important that you consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney like Attorney Mark A. Smith, who has spent his career successfully litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Please call (412) 368-8398 for a free consultation with Attorney Mark A. Smith. Attorney Smith is dedicated to making the litigation process for clients simpler, more open, and more honest. Unlike many other personal injuries and wrongful death attorneys, Attorney Smith is willing and able to work with you to help you understand the fundamentals, details, and strategy of your legal case, and to answer any questions that you may have as you move forward.