Nothing compares to the pain of losing a loved one. It disrupts an entire family. What needs to be evaluated is whether the wrongful death was caused by the actions or inactions of another person, group or corporation. In cases like these, it’s only natural to want compensation from the responsible parties.
It is for this reason that most states have provisions for filing wrongful death lawsuits.
Beneficiaries of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Pennsylvania law gives “the spouse, children or parents of the deceased” the right to file suit for wrongful death. Those in a different relationship to the deceased, like siblings or cousins, cannot be beneficiaries.
Financial Cost and Wrongful Death
There’s no way to calculate the emotional trauma that comes from a wrongful death in the family. However, a family member’s death can also result in a loss of earnings and earning capacity. This is a very serious matter. Families depend on the income to pay the rent or mortgage, heat and electricity, car loans and other health insurance bills. A major loss of income can derail or indefinitely defer a family’s plans and stability. In today’s world, it is not unusual to see both partners working to sustain their life style.
Even in cases where the deceased did not earn an income, the costs of medical and funeral care can stretch a budget past its breaking point. No family should have to deal with these financial stresses while also coping with such a deep personal loss.
Filing a wrongful death claim can never make up for a loved one’s death. However, the money can help survivors secure their futures.
What We Can Do
Wrongful-death lawsuits can be complex. If you intend to file one, you’ll first need a capable legal team that can prove liability and seek compensation for the full extent of damages. Your lawyer must know how to go against the defendant’s legal team and insurance company.
Ginsburg & Associates believes that those responsible for the deaths are obligated to compensate the victim’s loved ones. Our team has dealt with wrongful deaths that have arisen from vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse and neglect.
Contact us if you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You can reach our firm by calling (215) 392-6616, or by visiting our website. You need to act promptly to get the right team of wrongful death lawyers in place before evidence is lost, or an insurance company tries to work up a denial for payment.