Wrongful Death

In Pennsylvania or New Jersey, a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought in civil court to compensate you for damages suffered as a result of the death of a loved one. A wrongful death is defined as one that is caused by the wrongful, negligent, careless, or violent act of another. It may be the fault of another person or another entity, for example, a car manufacturer or pharmaceutical company that placed a defective product on the market. As an experienced Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer, founding partner Leonard K. Hill aims to bring justice to the families that have lost a loved one because of wrongdoing.

Wrongful death suits may involve fatal auto accidents, falls or other premises accidents, medical malpractice, or product liability. In such cases, the person at fault owing a duty of care to others may be sued for acting negligently or failing to act appropriately. If the death resulted from a defective product, it is not necessary to prove negligence, because the doctrine of strict liability applies. You merely need to prove that the death was a direct result of using the product as it was intended and in an unaltered condition from when it was purchased. At Hill & Associates, our attorneys are committed to the best results in every case we take on and are aggressive in our pursuit of a recovery that will help you and your family move forward after the tragedy of a wrongful death.

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death claims may be filed by the immediate family of the deceased. It must be brought by the spouse, the parents, or the children. In some cases, life partners or other relatives that financially dependent on the deceased may have the right to make a wrongful death claim.

Who Can Be Sued for Causing a Wrongful Death in Pennsylvania?

A premises owner may be held liable for a death caused by a fall resulting from a hazardous condition on the property. A government agency may, in some cases, be sued for failing to post warnings about hazards on a public highway or street. A drunk driver may be sued for causing a car accident and death of another driver while under the influence of alcohol of drugs. A doctor or other health care professional may be sued for acting negligently while operating on a patient or even failing to take reasonable precautions to protect the safety of a patient. The accomplished Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Hill & Associates are familiar with wrongful death claims and understand the intricacies associated with filing against different people or entities.

Claimable Damages in a Wrongful Death Action

A wrongful death lawsuit can recover damages for medical costs, funeral expenses, lost income to the family of the victim, and any other costs of injuries causing the wrongful death. The life expectancy and lifetime earning potential of the deceased will be calculated in order to accurately determine the total loss of benefits. For more information regarding the compensation available to you in your specific case, reach out to a seasoned wrongful death attorney in Philadelphia, PA.

Timeline for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

The time in which you can file a wrongful death claim is limited to two years in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which means you have exactly two years, from the date of death to bring the lawsuit or you will lose your right to a recovery. Because of this, it is important to contact a knowledgeable Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer as soon after the event as possible. At the law firm of Hill & Associates, our attorneys know how difficult it is to deal with the death of a family member and we are here to help you protect your future. Whenever possible, we will attempt to settle your case without having to go to court. But if it is necessary to take your case to a jury to get you the recovery you deserve, we are always fully prepared for a trial. With over fifteen years of experience representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims, Hill & Associates is here to aggressively fight for your future. We know how the death of an immediate family member may affect you and your family and we have the knowledge and expertise to get you the compensation you need.

Hill & Associates | Philadelphia Wrongful Death Attorneys

If you have suffered the loss of a spouse, child, or parent, call us at (215) 567-7600 or contact us online today for a free consultation with a Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer. We will never charge you for expenses or legal fees until you receive a settlement check. If we don’t recover money for you, you will owe us absolutely nothing.

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