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Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

Recent Lawsuit Dismissal Puts New Twist on Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. That seemed pretty cut and dry until the Pennsylvania Superior Court put a new twist on their interpretation of the law when applying it to a wrongful death lawsuit for a victim of mesothelioma caused by asbestos. The court ruling was a surprise to even Philadelphia’s most experienced wrongful death attorneys.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court dismissed the plaintiff’s lawsuit because they believed that it was filed beyond the statute of limitations of two years. The Philadelphia wrongful death lawyers that brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiff’s estate filed the lawsuit well within two years of the plaintiff’s death. The twist is that the court believed that the clock for the two year statute of limitations began to run the day that the mesothelioma was diagnosed—not the day of the plaintiff’s death.

If there is a lesson to learn from this injustice, it is that every day you procrastinate before retaining a Philadelphia wrongful death attorney puts you at greater risk of not receiving the compensation you deserve. The plaintiff’s estate in this case lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages that they would have been entitled to receive for the suffering and untimely death of their loved one.

Do not put your rights to hold someone accountable for the death of your loved one at risk—speak with an experienced Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Once the court alters their interpretation of a law as they did in this case, you lose your opportunity to have your day in court and justice will never be served.

Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC:  Fighting for Justice for Wrongful Death Victims and Their Families

Many of our clients at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC come from referrals because we are compassionate and attentive to our clients’ needs. Call us today to get started on your fight for justice against the parties responsible for the loss of your loved one. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling our legal team at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221, or you can contact us online.