Losing a loved one is never easy, but losing a loved one because of the negligence of another person can be far more difficult to bear. Families are oftentimes left with more questions than answers and an uncertainty about what actions they can or should take on their loved one’s behalf.
At the Dan Doyle Law Group, in Media, we know this feeling of uncertainty all too well because we have helped hundreds of families over the past 20 years manage the stress that often follows a wrongful death. We not only understand exactly what you’re going through, but we also know what steps you can and should take following a fatal accident.
In order to make a claim for wrongful death, there must be an indication of negligence on the part of the at-fault party, which is the same in any personal injury claim. Some examples of situations involving negligence include:
If negligence was a factor, then a civil action may be filed against the at-fault party or parties, such as with dramshop liability cases. However, due to the Pennsylvania statute of limitations, wrongful death claims need to be filed within two years of a person’s death or risk forfeiting the right to seek compensation.
Immediate family members are allowed under state law to file wrongful death claims on behalf of a deceased loved one. It’s important to know that even if one family member — such as a spouse — refuses to file a claim, other family members — like a child or children — may do so instead.
If you believe negligence is the reason one of your loved ones is deceased, then we encourage you to talk to an attorney at our firm. We know the signs that indicate a wrongful death claim, and we can help you understand your right to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses, burial costs and loss of companionship.