Homicide Victim Claims
Do you have rights when your family has been the victim of a homicide? Learn more from Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers. Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2501 defined criminal homicide as a person intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently causing the death of another human being. This crime is further classified under one of the following charges:
- Murder of the First Degree – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2502(a)
- Murder of the Second Degree – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2502(b)
- Murder of the Third Degree – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2502(c)
- Voluntary Manslaughter – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2503
- Involuntary Manslaughter – Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 2504
A person can also be charged with homicide by vehicle under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 75 § 3732 is he or she recklessly or with gross negligence causes the death of another person while violating driving laws. If the driver was intoxicated, he or she may be charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under influence under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 75 § 3735. Whether a loved one’s death was intentional or the result of negligence, his or her family can face numerous financial hardships in addition to the tremendous emotional pain following their loss.
When a person has been convicted of homicide in connection with your loved one’s death, he or she may be liable for the financial damages your family has sustained. However, there may be additional third parties such as property owners or employers who could also be liable in these cases.
Additional negligent parties are important because murder is considered an intentional tort and is thus typically not covered by insurance, which is why the family members of many victims do not file lawsuits against the people who intentionally commit homicides unless they have enough wealth or assets to satisfy any judgment. However, vehicular homicide charges are considered negligent actions that can be covered by insurance. This does not necessarily mean that an insurance company will provide compensation to the family of the deceased without going to great lengths to minimize the amount paid.
If your loved one was killed because of another party’s intentional, negligent, or reckless actions, the dedicated Chester County wrongful death attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices will work as a team to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death and hold all liable parties accountable. Our firm represents families on a contingency fee basis so there is no fee for our legal services if we do not obtain compensation for the victims.
Contact Our PA Homicide Victim Lawyers
We are a team of Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers our main offices located in West Chester, Chester County Pennsylvania and serving clients throughout the greater Philadelphia Metro Area including Lancaster County, Berks County, Bucks County, Delaware County and Montgomery County. If your family has been victimized by Homicide and you are seeking a free initial consult on you rights and possible claims, it is crucial you speak to an experienced Pennsylvania Injury lawyers in order to ensure your rights are protected and to review all of your legal options with you.
The injury attorneys of Ciccarelli Law Offices have successfully represented individuals throughout the state of Pennsylvania that have been injured in accidents. Our Chester County based law firm is based at 304 North High Street, West Chester PA 19380 and serves clients throughout Pennsylvania including but not limited to in Kennett Square, Downingtown, West Chester, Coatesville, Exton, Chester Springs, Chadds Ford, Landenberg, Lancaster, Media, Harrisburg, Reading, Philadelphia, Honey Brook, Oxford, Malvern, Parkesburg, Phoenixville and Paoli. Contact us now at (610) 692-8700 or call toll free (877) 529-2422. Don’t wait—contact an attorney immediately.