Every year in the United States there are thousands of unintentional deaths that result from accidents ranging from medical errors to product manufacturing defects. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, there were 120,859 unintentional injury deaths. Many of these deaths were the results of food poisoning, car accidents, slips and falls, and more. In some cases, the action or negligence of another person or entity was responsible for the death.
If a loved one died because of another person's or entity’s negligence, then you may be able to initiate a lawsuit against the party responsible for the wrongful death. Lawyers in Bucks County at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help from the start of your claim to the resolution.
Types of Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death claims can arise from many causes and hold a person, company or government entity responsible for the death of a person for the benefit of surviving family members. In many cases, wrongful death suits involve accidents such as:
- motor vehicle accidents.
- work-related deaths.
- fatal medical errors.
- excessive use of deadly force.
- and, fatal assaults.
Wrongful death lawsuits can encompass a wide scope of accidents, and if your loved one died due to someone else’s actions, you may be eligible to recover compensation for damages. A wrongful death attorney can help Bucks County families pursue fair compensation that fully accounts for their damages.
Who can recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit in Bucks County?
Only an immediate family member or spouse of the deceased person can recover benefits from a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal representative of the deceased – which may or may not be a family member – can file the claim for the benefit of the beneficiaries, which includes a spouse, children, or parents. If you believe that you are entitled to recover damages in a claim for wrongful death, a lawyer in Bucks County can help you review your eligibility.
The wrongful death suit recovers compensation for the beneficiaries' damages, like lost earnings of the deceased, loss of consortium, loss of guidance, loss of services and more. A survival action, meanwhile, recovers compensation for the estate for damages the deceased suffered prior to death, such as medical bills or pain and suffering. These damages go to the estate and are distributed to the beneficiaries by the decedent's will or Pennsylvania's intestate laws.
Act Now If You’ve Lost a Loved One: Call Cordisco & Saile LLC in Bucks County
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the time of death, according to Section 5524(2) of the Pennsylvania Code. As such, if you’d like to recover compensation for the death of your loved one, it’s important that you act immediately to get started on the claim.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our wrongful death lawyers in Bucks County are ready to take on your case and know how devastating the loss of a loved one can be. That’s why we’ll work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. For help filing your claim, guidance through the process of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit and for answers to questions regarding who can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit and what types of compensation you may be entitled to, call us today. For a free case consultation or to get started on your claim, call us now at 215-642-2335 or contact us online.