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Wrongful Death Lawyers In Pennsylvania

Anguish and emotion can overwhelm us in the wake of a loved one's death. Such feelings of despair can be even more difficult to cope with when another person is responsible for such traumatic personal loss.

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You have the right to seek legal assistance if you believe a loved one has died in an accident or due to the negligence of another person.

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We offer free consultations at Justice Guardians. Our team of personal injury attorneys can provide you with advice and explain each step of the process. Don't go it alone; let our experienced and dedicated injury attorneys guide you to justice.

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How Difficult Is It To Win A Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death claims are often challenging but are not impossible to prove. There are more wrongful death claims being brought to court every year and more of these are being compensated. Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers are here to assist you in taking steps to help the families of victims who have died because of negligence.

Can You Sue For Wrongful Death?

Civil suits are available to resolve wrongful death cases involving one or more parties found negligent for causing, prolonging, or failing to prevent someone's death. Whether it is caused by medical malpractice, professional negligence, or else, wrongful deaths can result in financial awards for the victims' families.

Automobile accidents (cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles & more) have a high likelihood of wrongful death, as do medical malpractice, slip-and-fall injuries, defective products, and violent crimes. Nevertheless, a wrongful death lawsuit does not automatically succeed just because a death has occurred.

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How An Attorney Can Prove Wrongful Death

There are some common principles that must be addressed in wrongful death cases as they do in other negligence and personal injury cases. Included are:

  • Duty of Care: Your loved one was owed a duty of care by the person who caused the injury or death.
  • Breach of Said Duty: Some aspect of that person's duty was breached.
  • Causation: It is proven that a proximate cause - a breach of duty - led to the injury and that a detrimental impact resulted.
  • Compensation for Damages: The court decides the amount of compensation that is adequate for victims; monetary and non-monetary damages are accounted for.

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What Is The Process In A Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death lawsuits are considered civil suits in the United States, which means they can be filed against anyone responsible for another's death. Typically, this applies to people who have been in an accident or businesses that sold unsafe products. You should be aware that not all states follow the same rules regarding wrongful death claims. In some states, wrongful death claims are handled by separate courts and forms; in others, these claims are handled by state law.

There's no question that, for the families of victims of wrongful death, taking legal action can prove critically important. This is why working with an attorney local to you is so important. There can be differences in local legislation, and even if you hire a prominent law firm, if they do not know the local laws and relevant case law, your lawsuit may not reach a good outcome.

Pre-Case Demand Letter

You should work with the wrongful death lawyer you hire before filing a lawsuit in court. He will collect evidence and draft an initial demand letter. With this letter, you communicate your intention to collect damages. As part of the letter, the desired settlement amount may also be stated so that the matter does not proceed to court.

It is likely that the defendant, or the person alleged to have caused the death, will refer to their own lawyers for feedback. Negotiation takes place if both parties agree to meet and try to reach an agreement.

Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit In Pennsylvania

In the event that a settlement cannot be reached, a wrongful death case is likely to be filed in court.

For a jury to find wrongful death, two types of evidence are necessary. Expert testimony involves testing the evidence and determining what happened using the findings of an accident deconstructionist (for example). Another type of evidence that may be included in direct evidence involves testimony from those who were involved in or witnessed the accident.

Following the conclusion of all the legal proceedings, a decision will need to be made by the court about whether compensation should be provided. Plaintiffs can gain compensation if there is evidence that negligence or wrongdoing occurred.

How Much Compensation For Wrongful Death?

In wrongful death cases, a court decides how much compensation can be awarded. The amount can be calculated based on lost wages, medical bills, and other damages.

In Pennsylvania, there is no set formula for economic damages in a wrongful death case. The court will hear evidence from the claimant and any experts called for either side and then determine the damages based on the evidence presented.

Some caps on compensation exist, though. In PA, the maximum compensation awarded under punitive damages may not be greater than double the amount awarded in compensatory damages.

Whether or not you can obtain compensation for your wrongful death claim is based only on the particulars of your case. You should take into account the factors which may help you achieve the maximum compensation available to you from a wrongful death lawsuit. Keep in mind, no lawyer can estimate the value of a wrongful death lawsuit until it goes to court.

Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute Of Limitations

In Pennsylvania, wrongful death lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations. Upon the death of a loved one, a claim must be filed within two years. Furthermore, the deadline for filing may depend on whether an intentional act or a negligent act caused the death.

Do I Need A Wrongful Death Attorney?

People seek the help of wrongful death lawyers since these lawsuits are complicated and involved. The process of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit after you have lost someone you love is emotional, making it hard to understand what to do.

Making such a complex decision is never easy, so it never hurts to have as much information as possible. Our free consultation will give you the answers you need to make the best decision for yourself and those you love.

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Our Local Wrongful Death Offices in Pennsylvania

Justice Guardians
1067 Mansion Lane
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
VG7G+PF Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 549-4218
Justice Guardians
630 Fairview Rd #104
Swarthmore, PA 19081
VJRW+GX Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 229-7624
Justice Guardians
495 Thomas Jones Way #304-C
Exton, PA 19341
28FW+6M Exton, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 214-4985
Justice Guardians
1142 Hamilton St #102
Allentown, PA 18102
HGX9+QF Allentown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-9369
Justice Guardians
3301 Ryan Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19136
2XR4+4R Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 332-1769
Justice Guardians
3400 Aramingo Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134
XVRX+XF Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 277-2890
Justice Guardians
352 Church Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144
2RQM+45 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (445) 200-5285
Justice Guardians
5327 Walnut St #201
Philadelphia, PA 19139
XQ5C+2H Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 313-5200
Justice Guardians
8232 West Chester Pike #101
Upper Darby, PA 19082
XP89+6Q Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-1069
Justice Guardians
6720 Old York Rd #102
Philadelphia, PA 19126
3V45+8Q Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 930-6969
Justice Guardians
107 E Main St #309
Norristown, PA 19401
4M75+F6 Norristown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-8007
Justice Guardians
7708 City Ave #208-A
Philadelphia, PA 19151
XPGG+VM Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 414-7404
Justice Guardians
2 Industrial Blvd #210-B
Paoli, PA 19301
2GV2+8Q Paoli, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 214-5070
Justice Guardians
100 Presidential Blvd #104
Bala Cynwd, PA 19004
2Q6P+HP Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 424-2007
Justice Guardians
105 Westtown Rd #A
West Chester, PA 19382
XC75+PR West Chester, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 261-8700
Justice Guardians
661 Bristol Pike #101
Bensalem, PA 19020
328F+26 Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 293-5585
Justice Guardians
817 Linden St #103
Bethlehem, PA 18018
JJGH+6P Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 403-9675
Justice Guardians
3501 Masons Mill Rd #501-B
Hatboro, PA 19040
5W5F+92 Hatboro, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 376-3820
Justice Guardians
815 Greenwood Ave #22-A
Jenkintown, PA 19046
3VWG+24 Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (814) 305-9007
Justice Guardians
15260 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530
G6HP+94 Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 465-1080
Justice Guardians
940 Town Center Dr Suite F- 50B
Langhorne, PA 19047
54QC+CX Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 329-0702
Justice Guardians
3545 Rhoads Ave #103
Newtown Square, PA 19073
XJQ2+5X Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 360-6269
Justice Guardians
925 E High St #101
Pottstown, PA 19464
69V9+MR Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 308-4988
Justice Guardians
400 Washington St #307
Reading, PA 19601
83PC+J8 Reading, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 589-0900
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