Have you lost a loved one because another person acted in a careless, reckless, or negligent manner? Did a car accident take your loved one? Did your loved one die due to a defective product or medical malpractice? A wrongful death attorney can help you seek justice on behalf of your loved one and your family by filing a wrongful death claim under Pennsylvania's Wrongful Death Statute.
Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Damages
No amount of money will ease your pain and grief over losing your loved one; however, that is the only remedy the law can provide when someone negligently causes the death of another person. A monetary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit serves at least three important purposes:
- Provide financial support for you and for your family as you continue to heal;
- Give you a sense of obtaining some measure of justice for your loved one; and,
- Serve to deter others from engaging in the same type of behavior that resulted in the death of your loved one.
The damages available in a Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuit depend on the facts surrounding the death of your loved one. In most cases, Pennsylvania wrongful death laws allow the family to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses prior to the death of their loved one that are related to the event that resulted in death
- Loss of income and financial support from their loved one
- Funeral, burial, and/or cremation expenses
- Attorney's fees and costs for filing a wrongful death claim
- Compensation for the loss of companionship, support, and guidance
Our experienced wrongful death attorney will discuss damages in more detail during your free consultation.
Filing a Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Our wrongful death attorneys will attempt to settle your claim without the necessity of filing a lawsuit. Settlement without filing a lawsuit is often more efficient in terms of time and expense; however, we are fully prepared to file a wrongful death lawsuit if the other party refuses to negotiate a settlement in good faith. Sometimes filing a lawsuit is the only way to force the at-fault party to take responsibility for his or her actions. An experienced wrongful death attorney understands when a lawsuit is needed to protect your rights.
We Attempt To Settle, But If We Can’t…
If we cannot settle the wrongful death claim prior to court, you will need to appear in court to testify at trial. It may be uncomfortable recounting the events that led up to your loved ones death; however, it is necessary to help the jury understand the substantial impact your loved one's death has had on your life and the lives of your family. Only you can tell your story. We understand this may be painful and difficult so we prepare you before you go to court to testify. In many cases, people find that testifying at trial is a relief because they are able to tell the jury how much pain and suffering has been caused by the defendant's actions.
Do You Need a Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Attorney?
Contact an experienced Harrisburg wrongful death attorney at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP for a free consultation. Our attorneys understand this is an extremely emotional and difficult time for you and for your family. We provide compassionate support and guidance as you seek justice on behalf of your family and your loved one.