Wrongful death lawsuits serve to provide financial relief to family members whose loved one has died due to negligence or carelessness. They provide surviving family members with compensation to cover certain financial expenses including medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of future income. Wrongful death lawsuits arise out events involving negligence related to medical malpractice, car accidents, accidental drowning, and deaths from defective or dangerous products. There are a few stipulations to filing a wrongful death claim and things to consider when doing so.
Though laws vary slightly from state to state, generally those who are considered “beneficiaries” are eligible to sue for wrongful death. Immediate family members including spouses, biological and adopted children are typically considered beneficiaries. In certain situations, siblings, grandparents, and domestic partners may also be entitled to compensation. Additionally, any person that is financially dependent on the deceased person may be a beneficiary. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can provide guidance as to who may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Types of Compensation
Though a loved one can never be replaced, compensation from wrongful death lawsuits is designed to protect the survivors from financial devastation caused by the loss of their family member. Compensation awarded depends on several factors, the most important being the plaintiff’s relationship to the deceased. Children depend solely on their parents for financial support including provision of household expenses, school tuition, and medical bills. Children who have lost one or both of their parents also suffer the loss of companionship and guidance a parent provides. Depending on state law, family members may be entitled to compensation for this and other non-economic losses, including pain and suffering. Many states allow compensation for survivors that have witnessed a loved one’s death.
Though it is very painful to consider pursuing legal action after a loved one’s loss, it is important to consider the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In most states, the time limit for filing is two years. Important witness accounts, documentation, and other evidence can be lost over time, so to receive the compensation you deserve for your loss, contact a local wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible if you suspect negligence somehow caused your family member’s death.
Delaware County Wrongful Death Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Tackle Tough Wrongful Death Suits
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, you are likely reeling from shock and sadness, wondering how you will sustain your family in the future. Call the Delaware County wrongful death lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC to discuss your legal options at 215-569-8488 or contact us online. Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys will advocate for you and your family’s best interest. With offices in Philadelphia, Media, and Abington, Pennsylvania, as well as Wilmington, Delaware and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the tri-state region.