Losing a loved one to a wrongful death accident is extremely difficult, whether that person is a parent, spouse, or child it can be overwhelming. The grief, anger, sadness, and anxiety you may feel can have an impact on you as you face the future without your loved one.
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Table of Contents
- Why Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
- What is Wrongful Death?
- What Types Of Accidents Lead To A Wrongful Death In Philadelphia?
- Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
- Do You Have A Wrongful Death Claim?
- What Is The Statute Of Limitations On Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
- How Are Wrongful Death Settlements Paid Out?
- What Are Survival Claims?
Why Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
A Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer, Stuart Carpey is dedicated to providing compassionate, effective, and thorough representation for wrongful death claims. He will go above and beyond to guide you through the entire wrongful death lawsuit process from beginning to end and help you receive the monetary compensation you deserve. Stuart has a track record of success when taking on insurance companies, corporations, hospitals, doctors, or individuals who were responsible parties in wrongful death.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is when a person is killed as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another party. Through pursuing a wrongful death claim, those who were dependents or a beneficiary of the victim may be entitled to receiving monetary damage.
What Types Of Accidents Lead To A Wrongful Death In Philadelphia?
Although traffic and road accidents are responsible for the majority of wrongful death cases in Philadelphia, wrongful death can occur in situations such as:
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
To file a wrongful death lawsuit action in Pennsylvania the beneficiary, such as a surviving spouse, child, parent, guardian, or personal representative, must show:
- Death was caused by the defendant’s conduct, whether intentional or unintentional
- The defendant owed a level of care to the decedent and therefore was liable for the death.
- Presence of surviving beneficiaries such as a spouse, children, parents, etc.
Monetary damages have resulted from the death.
Do You Have A Wrongful Death Claim?
If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence, an experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorney like Stuart Carpey may be able to guide you through the wrongful death claim process to obtain financial compensation to help cover expenses, such as:
- Cost of funerals
- Medical and hospital bills
- Lost wages, including future earnings
- Loss of benefits
- Pain and suffering
While no monetary amount will ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, financial security for the future and the sense of closure of the responsible parties being brought to justice can provide security to the survivors.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations On Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Pennsylvania, you have two years under the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death lawsuit. When a loved one dies as a result of another person’s conduct, a Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer can help the beneficiaries or heirs bring two types of actions against the person responsible: wrongful death and survival claims.
How Are Wrongful Death Settlements Paid Out?
Wrongful death lawsuits are designed to compensate the survivors of the decedent as a result of the decedent’s death. This includes loss of contribution (food, shelter, clothing, education, etc.) and pecuniary losses.
What Are Survival Claims?
Survival claims differ from wrongful death claims in that it arises out of the original injury rather than the death of the victim. The estate of the decedent, rather than the beneficiaries, recovers for the loss of earning power, pain, and suffering, and medical care and services incurred before death.
Survival claims are not a new cause of action, but a continuation of the right of action to the decedent and can only be brought by the personal representative or administrator of the estate. The damages in a survival action are distributed according to the decedent’s will or according to the intestate laws if there is no valid will.
Ready to Discuss Your Wrongful Death Claim with a Lawyer?
Stuart Carpey is dedicated to providing compassionate, effective and thorough representation for wrongful death claims in the greater Philadelphia area. He will go above and beyond to guide you through the entire legal process from beginning to end and help you receive the monetary compensation you deserve. Stuart has a track record of success when taking on insurance companies, corporations, hospitals, doctors, or individuals who were responsible parties in a wrongful death. Contact Carpey Law today!
Our reputation for success and unmatched attention to the needs of our clients has made Stuart Carpey one of the most trusted Personal Injury lawyers in the greater Philadelphia area. If you’re in need of a Personal Injury lawyer, we recommend that you pursue your claim as soon after your incident as possible. Contact Stuart Carpey today for a complimentary consultation in which he will examine your case in detail and advise you on how to proceed and ultimately recover the compensation you deserve!