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Do you have reason to file a wrongful death claim?

The sudden loss of a loved one can leave many Pennsylvania residents reeling. Though the death may have come about due to an accident, if someone else's negligence contributed to that accident, you may feel a myriad of emotions knowing that the incident could potentially have been prevented. Unfortunately, these emotions and this knowledge cannot bring your loved one back.

You may still have options for seeking justice if you feel the need. Wrongful death claims could help individuals such as yourself pursue compensation from individuals considered at fault or liable for the fatal injuries that caused your family member's death. Of course, in order for this type of claim to apply, the presence of certain elements must exist.

Elements of a claim

In order to have legal grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit, your situation must meet certain elements. Those elements include:

  • The death of a person
  • Negligence on the part of another individual or organization
  • Monetary injuries suffered by surviving family members due to the death
  • A personal representative to act on behalf of the deceased individual's estate

If you meet these requirements, you may have the ability to move forward with a claim. Of course, numerous specific details of the situation could also play important roles in your potential case.

Events that may warrant a claim

As mentioned, some sort of negligence needs proving in order for a wrongful death claim to apply to a particular situation. Some events that could potentially lead to a wrongful death lawsuit include:

  • Car accidents
  • Crime-related events
  • Airplane accidents
  • Instances of medical malpractice
  • On-the-job incidents
  • Death that occurs under someone's supervision

These examples may not cover every type of incident that could possibly give cause for a wrongful death claim. Therefore, you may wish to better understand this legal option and how it could potentially apply to your case.

Seeking compensation

If your loved one died in a car accident or other event due to the negligence of another individual, you may have the right to seek compensation. Financial damages are typically the main consideration in wrongful death cases, and a successful claim could allow you to obtain restitution for those damages. If you would like more information on this option, you may want to utilize local legal resources. Additionally, receiving an evaluation of your case from legal professionals may also prove useful.

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