When a family loses a loved one, there are so many details to be managed. Funeral plans and expenses consume the first few days after the death occurs, and then there are other financial concerns that may linger. Outstanding medical bills may be waiting for the family to pay; lost income from the deceased may be a challenge; and all of these ongoing obligations can complicate the grieving process.
If your family lost a loved one due to the wrongdoing, criminal intent or negligence of another person, the situation may seem even more complicated. Anger, confusion and resentment accompany grief, and families often don’t know where to turn for help. In Pennsylvania, there are laws in place that protect the interests of those affected by a wrongful death. In some instances, the person or entity that caused the death may be responsible for damages incurred by survivors.
The representative of the deceased can seek damages for wrongful death on behalf of eligible beneficiaries. Consult Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys from Cordisco & Saile LLC to review your options – 215-642-2335.
Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute
The state of Pennsylvania designates what types of damages are eligible for reimbursement in a wrongful death case. Wrongful death statute 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 8301(c) lists types of expenses and losses that qualify for compensation. Expenses including nursing expenses, hospital bills, medical bills, funeral costs, burial fees, and administrative costs associated with the accident and death are typically compensable in a wrongful death suit. In addition, loss of financial support and companionship can be claimed in the suit. Loss of parenting support and/or guidance also may be considered.
Who is Eligible for Damages?
In Pennsylvania, only close family members are eligible for compensation in most wrongful death cases. The following family members are identified as possible beneficiaries.
- Husband or wife: The surviving spouse in a wrongful death case can recover damages for expenses as well as loss of financial and/or emotional support.
- Children: Loss of parenting guidance is a common complaint filed on behalf of surviving children.
- Parents: Age of the deceased and other factors may influence whether parents can be beneficiaries in a wrongful death case. Medical and funeral expenses may be sought, as well as possible noneconomic damages.
Who is responsible in a wrongful death case?
In some cases, it might be difficult to pinpoint the responsible party in a wrongful death case. The circumstances of the death will dictate who is at fault. Seek the guidance of Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers who can review the documentation and evidence of your case and help identify from which party you will seek compensation in your lawsuit.
Some examples of possible people/entities that could be responsible for a wrongful death follow.
- A negligent driver who caused a fatal car wreck
- The owner of the bar where a drunk driver was served alcohol prior to colliding with another vehicle, causing a fatal crash
- The hospital, physician or other medical professional liable in a medical malpractice suit
- The company that manufactured a faulty product responsible for the death of a consumer
Help is Available – Call Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC
When you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, you may be overwhelmed with all the details you are managing and need support. Allow an attorney to help you with your wrongful death claim. Cordisco & Saile LLC handles wrongful death cases. We will prepare documentation, file the claim and support you at every stage of the legal process.