Erie, PA Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wrongful Death Lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey Work Tirelessly to Help the Families of Wrongful Death Victims Obtain Justice and Recovery
Losing a loved one is always a difficult, traumatic experience. In addition to feelings of sorrow and loss, losing a loved one can also cause anxiety over learning to deal with the loss of your loved one’s contributions to your family and household. However, when your loved one’s death was caused by the wrongful acts or omissions of another party, it can make the loss of your loved one that much harder and leave you and your family with feelings of anger and distress. However, you and your family may not even realize that you can hold the party responsible for your loved one’s death accountable to provide compensation for the financial losses they’ve caused. Although no amount of money can bring your loved one back, it can provide your family with a small measure of justice and can help you begin to recover from the loss of your loved one.
Pursuing a wrongful death claim can be a factually and legally complex endeavor. You need a law firm with the experience and track record of success to give you the best chance at securing the maximum outcome for your case. Contact Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about how our firm can help you obtain the compensation and justice that you and your family need and deserve.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases That We Handle
At Purchase, George & Murphey, we have helped families obtain compensation and justice for their loved ones tragically killed due to accidents and incidents wrongfully caused by the acts and omissions of others, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Premises liability incidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home negligence
Whenever your loved one’s passing was caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another party, we can help your family recover financial compensation to give you some measure of justice for your loved one’s loss.
Results-Focused Attorneys Fight to Maximize Compensation for Families in Wrongful Death Cases
When you and your family lose a loved one due to the wrongful acts of another person or entity, you and your family and your loved one’s estate may be entitled to recover. The compensation that can be recovered in a wrongful death case can be complicated. Damages in wrongful death claims are divided into two categories of actions – wrongful death actions and survival actions.
Compensation in wrongful death actions is awarded to the surviving beneficiaries of the decedent. These damages can include:
- The income the decedent would have contributed to the family
- The value of the services the decedent provided to the household
- The loss of the decedent’s society, comfort, advice, and guidance
However, family members cannot recover for the emotional and psychological losses they suffer.
Survival action damages are awarded to the decedent’s estate, and includes damages the decedent would have been able to obtain had he or she survived to pursue a personal injury action against the at-fault party:
- Treatment costs of last illness or injury
- Lost wages if the decedent missed work due to his or her last illness or injury
- Conscious pain and suffering endured prior to death
- Funeral and burial costs
Let the Erie wrongful death attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey help you and your family understand the types compensation your family and your decedent’s estate may be entitled to.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Today to Learn More about How Our Firm Can Help You and Your Family in Your Wrongful Death Case
If your family has lost a loved one due to the wrongful acts or omissions of another person or entity, you deserve to hold that person or entity accountable for your loved one’s loss. Contact Purchase, George & Murphey today to schedule a no-cost consultation with our Erie wrongful death attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options for seeking the compensation and justice that you and your family need and deserve.
About Erie, PA
Erie, Pennsylvania is a city on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The city, which is the largest city in northwest Pennsylvania and the fourth-largest city in the state, is also the county seat of Erie County. The area was originally populated by Native Americans of the Erie Nation, until they were defeated by the Iroquois Confederacy in the mid-17th century. European settlers first arrived in the mid-18th century, with the French abandoning the area following the Seven Years’ War. The area was made part of Pennsylvania following the Revolutionary War after the Iroquois signed a deed relinquishing ownership. Erie was also homeport to the fleet led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, which fought in several naval battles on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. Erie became a major shipbuilding hub in the mid-1800s, continuing to grow as a manufacturing base throughout most of the 20th century until the decline of American manufacturing in the 1970s. Since then, Erie has developed significant healthcare, technology, and service industries as part of its economy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death Cases in Erie, PA
It is highly advisable that you speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney before accepting any settlement offer from the insurance companies. Insurance companies rarely pay out full compensation in the first settlement offer, so by simply accepting the first offer you and your family will likely receive far less compensation than you are entitled to. A knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer can evaluate any settlement offer you receive to advise you and your family whether it represents fair compensation under the circumstances of your case.
Under Pennsylvania law, a wrongful death case must be filed by the personal representative of the decedent, usually the administrator/trix or executor/trix of the decedent’s estate. Although a wrongful death case is typically filed by the personal representative of the decedent, the case is filed on behalf of the surviving beneficiaries of the decedent (such as a spouse, decedents, or parents), who receive any damages awarded in the case. If the decedent’s personal representative fails to file a wrongful death case within six months of the decedent’s passing, a beneficiary may file the wrongful death case on behalf all eligible beneficiaries.