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Whenever a close relative or loved one passes away, the feelings of anguish and sorrow can be overwhelming. When another individual's negligence has caused such a tragic loss, the feelings of despair and grief can be even harder to cope with.

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In cases of wrongful death, or in cases when a family member has been killed in an accident or by someone else's negligence, you are entitled to legal representation.

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Lion Injury Law offers free consultations to discuss your legal options. Our attorneys can explain every step of the process and help get you on the road to justice. You're not alone in this struggle; our dedicated legal professionals want to help.

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What Constitutes A Wrongful Death?

The family of people who die due to someone else's negligence can be compensated through a civil suit against the negligent party. Likewise, medical malpractice and professional negligence can be responsible for wrongful deaths resulting in large monetary awards to their families.

Specific types of accidents that can result in wrongful death include:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip and fall accident complications
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Defective products
  • Violent crimes 

Although wrongful death lawsuits are sometimes successful, just because the death occurred does not guarantee their success.

How To Prove Wrongful Death

The rules and principles involved in wrongful death lawsuits should be similar to those of personal injury lawsuits and other forms of negligence. For example:

  1. Duty of Care: A duty of care was owed to your loved one from the person responsible for the injury.
  2. Breach of Duty: There was some breach of duty on the part of the person.
  3. Causation: A proximate cause was present - meaning the breach of duty was connected to the injury and its consequences could be proven.
  4. Damages: A court determines the amount of damages appropriate for victims; including both economic and non-economic damages.

Is It Difficult To Win A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Although proving wrongful death is not an easy task, it is increasingly common to bring wrongful death claims to court and be awarded compensation.

It is possible for the families of victims who have died because of negligence to get justice, and Lion Injury Law's wrongful death lawyers are dedicated to making it happen.

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How Much Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?

In wrongful death lawsuits, the court decides how much compensation can be awarded to the plaintiff. The court takes into account lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses resulting from the death.

A wrongful death case in Pennsylvania does not follow a fixed formula for determining economic damages. In the courtroom, the claimant and any experts on either side will be called to testify and the damages will then be determined using the evidence presented. If property values are high in a jurisdiction, for example, damages may be higher than if the values are low, because property value differences may affect other relevant expenses.

Some states place caps on compensation that can be awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, Pennsylvania is not one of these states, though precedent from past cases may indeed influence the maximum value of a case that is yet to be finalized.

If you are making a wrongful death claim, the amount of compensation you receive depends exclusively on the facts of the case. Before going to court, you cannot expect your lawyer to provide an accurate estimate of how much compensation your wrongful death suit may be worth, but you can ask them about the factors that may help you receive maximum compensation.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits: What Happens After They Go To Court?

Unless a wrongful death settlement agreement can be reached, a wrongful death case will likely be filed in court.

During the trial, two main forms of evidence are used to establish wrongful death. Expert testimony, the first type, can be used to determine what exactly happened; it may include a crash reconstruction specialist who examines the evidence. Secondly, we have direct evidence, which is testimony that is provided by those involved in the accident or those who witnessed the accident.

Once all court proceedings are complete, the court will decide if the plaintiff is entitled to compensation. Upon establishing negligence or wrongdoing, the plaintiff will be awarded compensation for their damages. 

Limitations on Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Claims

The state of Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits:  claims must be filed within two years after the death occurs.

Who Can File?

Survivors of a deceased person in Pennsylvania file a wrongful death lawsuit. In the event the lawsuit is successful, any damages recovered are distributed to those who were dependent on the victim/deceased individual.

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