Nothing is worse than losing a family member because of another person’s reckless, careless, or criminal act. If you are dealing with this tragic loss, adding a civil lawsuit may seem impossibly overwhelming. Although no amount of money can replace your loved one, support from a caring attorney like the team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can make all the difference in getting your family the resources you need to continue your lives. In a previous wrongful death case, our team recovered $5,000,000 for the estate of a woman killed in a highway crash on Route 80 in Union County.
Holding the person who caused the fatal incident liable for the financial and personal consequences of their actions can help you gain a sense of justice for your loss. Even if you are unsure about taking legal action, talking with a Hershey wrongful death lawyer at our firm can provide the information and answers you need to ensure the people you love are taken care of.
Rules for Filing Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims are considered a type of personal injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania. These claims are built around holding a named “defendant” at fault for causing someone else harm by either unintentionally causing an accident or intentionally committing a crime. If the person passes away from their injuries, a wrongful death lawsuit may be warranted.
The only person with the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit immediately after someone passes away is the deceased person’s “personal representative” or “executor.” This is usually someone named in their will to handle their personal and financial affairs after death. If this representative doesn’t file a claim within six months of the person’s death, any beneficiary of the deceased person can work with an experienced lawyer to file the claim. Beneficiaries include the deceased person’s spouse, children, and/or parents.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The person filing a wrongful death case can demand payment for every form of harm they and other beneficiaries will have to deal with because of the wrongful death, including:
- Any medical bills paid on the deceased person’s behalf
- Costs of funeral and burial/cremation services
- Estate administration expenses
- Lost wages, benefits, and other support the deceased person would have provided in the future
- Loss of help around the house
- Lost comfort and guidance
Regardless of who is bringing the claim, state law generally prevents anyone from filing a wrongful death case more than two years after the death. The Hershey wrongful death attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can file a claim on your family’s behalf and ensure that all requirements are met.
Call a Compassionate Hershey Wrongful Death Attorney
No one should have to endure the preventable loss of a loved one caused by someone else’s negligence. You can and should hold the wrongdoer accountable for the harm their actions have caused you and your family.
Our Hershey wrongful death lawyers will not give up until you get every cent of the compensation you deserve. Call our firm today to set up a free consultation and get the support you need in this difficult time.