Chester County Wrongful Death Attorney
The death of a loved one is always tragic and even more so when it is the result of the negligent acts of another. The law does provide for wrongful death and survival actions to protect family members in these horrible situations.
Wrongful death action. A wrongful death action is an action brought by the decedent’s (the deceased person’s) spouse, children or parents for economic loss because of the decedent’s death. Outside of the decedent’s spouse, children, or parents, no other relatives can bring this action. In a wrongful death action, a claim is made for the monetary loss to the family due to the death of their loved one, including that part of the decedent’s earnings that they would have received if the decedent had lived. These beneficiaries may also recover money damages for hospital, nursing, medical, funeral and estate administration expenses that they had to pay because of the injuries that resulted in the decedent’s death.
Survival action. In a survival action, the decedent’s personal representative stands in the place of the decedent for purposes of a lawsuit. In other words, when a person is injured by someone else’s negligence, the injured person can bring a lawsuit. If the injured person dies, death doesn’t take away the cause of action or claim. The cause of action survives the death of the injured person and continues in the personal representative. The survival action simply continues the right to sue and recover money for such things as pain and suffering and lost earnings that the decedent had before he died.
Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer in Chester County
If your spouse, child, or parent died as a result of the negligence of someone else, you should contact an attorney immediately. Our team of injury lawyers are ready and experienced in fighting for the victims of a wrongful death; determined to be thorough and aggressive in laying out the best strategy for our clients and their families.
We accept Pennsylvania personal injury cases such as wrongful death and survival actions on a contingency fee basis; which means that we do not require an advance fee, retainer or hourly rate but base our fee on a percentage of the monetary settlement we earn for you.
We serve individuals and their families throughout Pennsylvania including but not limited to: Allentown, Altoona, Bedford, Bethlehem, Bloomosburg, Butler, Carlisle, Chambersburg, Coudersport, Danville, Doylestown, Dubois, Easton, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Hershey, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehighton, Lewisburg, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Meadville, Media, Middleburg, Norristown, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Pottsville, Reading, Scranton, Shippensburg, Somerset, State College, Sunbury, Towanda, Wellsboro, West Chester, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and York.
When your family has been victimized by a wrongful death in Pennsylvania, our experienced personal injury team can help: contact Lee Ciccarelli and our Pennsylvania Personal Injury team today. Call 24/7 at (610) 692-8700.