The emotional devastation caused by the sudden loss of a loved one can leave a family in a profound state of bereavement. The unexpected death of someone close can cause feelings of both sadness and confusion. Life may not even make much sense in the aftermath of such a tragedy. How could someone who was an important part of a family be around one day and be gone forever the next?
This situation could be all the more difficult to endure if the incident was preventable. The term “wrongful death” is used to describe a case in which a death was due to an act of negligence or misconduct.
Car accidents and work-related accidents are two very common causes of wrongful deaths. However, wrongful deaths can happen in almost any setting. But wherever or however a wrongful death occurs, families must make plans to respond to the situation they are facing.
Of great importance is determining the specific cause of death and who is responsible. Once that has been accomplished, then it may be possible to file a wrongful death suit.
Wrongful death lawsuits must be prepared very carefully. Evidence must be compiled by performing a thorough investigation. It is also important to determine the amount of money that would represent fair compensation. In doing so, a number of factors must be taken into account, such as the decedent?s earning potential.
Pennsylvania has specific laws pertaining to claims of compensation in wrongful death cases. The law firm of Purchase, George & Murphey is familiar with the process of getting plaintiffs the money to which they are entitled. Please go to this page, where you can read about our services.