A wrongful death claim can arise under a wide variety of conditions. The attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC can explain the entire wrongful death claims process to you and discuss all of your rights and options under Pennsylvania law.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is made by someone with a close relationship to a person who has died due to the wrongful conduct of another. For example, if a husband dies during a negligently performed operation, then his wife may successfully bring a wrongful death claim. Some common causes of wrongful death claims include:
- Medical malpractice,
- Car accidents,
- Dangerous or defective products, and
Contact us to discuss your legal rights and options if a loved one has passed away due to the wrongful acts of another.
What is Needed to Prove a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims can be very complicated and difficult. They are often extremely emotional and often the key witness to events has died. Generally, there are two things that must be proven:
- The deceased died because of the wrongful actions of another.
- The party bringing the wrongful death claim had an appropriate relationship recognized under the law to the decedent
There are many other legal issues that must be dealt with when bringing a wrongful death claim. It is important to work with legal professionals who understand all the issues. The attorneys at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC can walk you through the entire claims process.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?
There must be a relationship, recognized by the law, between the deceased and the person bringing the wrongful death claim. Typically, any of the following may have the ability to bring a wrongful death claim:
- Surviving spouse
- Children (including step-children and adopted children) including non-biological and non-adoptive children who were dependent on and living with the deceased;
- Dependent parent(s); and
- Personal representative or designated heirs of the deceased’s estate.
Contact your Allentown wrongful death attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC if you believe that you may have a wrongful death claim.
What Type of Damages May Be Available in a Wrongful Death Case?
There are many different types of damages that may be claimed in a wrongful death suit. The type and amount of damages that are available will depend on many factors. Some common types of damages that are available include:
- Emotional and psychological loss of the family, and
- Pecuniary and financial loss, such as the loss of earnings or wages and medical and funeral expenses related to the death.
Collecting damages in a successful wrongful death claim can often be as difficult as proving the wrongful death claim itself. We help with the entire process, and that means we won’t stop fighting for you until you have all the compensation you and your family deserve for your loss.
How Do I Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney?
Contact your wrongful death attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today by calling 888-777-7098 or visit us online. We can work with you through the entire legal process and get you and your family the compensation that you deserve.