ACTING QUICKLY IS VITAL IN PENNSYLVANIA WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS
Jan 22, 2015 - Wrongful Death
The unexpected death of a family member often leaves survivors scrambling to take care of the decedent’s estate. There are burial and funeral services to prepare as well as a myriad of other financial loose ends to attend. Sometimes during that grief-filled process, many overwhelmed survivors overlook the fact that the death of their loved one might have been caused as a result of someone else’s negligent actions.
In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death is considered to have occurred when someone is accidentally killed through the negligent, wrongful or unlawfully violent actions of another. Family members of the victim are allowed to sue individuals or businesses in civil court for damages they have suffered as a result of a preventable accident.
What many grieving families do not realize is that Pennsylvania lawplaces a statute of limitations on when survivors can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In most circumstances, those claims must be filed within two years of the victim’s death. Any lawsuit filed after that is considered time-barred under Pennsylvania law.
This time limit is critical because sometimes, establishing that a person was killed through a negligent or wrongful action can be more difficult than expected. For example, wrongful death accident lawsuits involving aircraft or boats may require the use of specialized experts who may take time to sort through mountains of evidence in order to reconstruct an accident. Additionally, potential witnesses who need to be interviewed may have relocated.
That is why it is so important to move forward quickly with your wrongful death lawsuit. Since 1985, our law firm has been providing legal services for clients here in Doylestown as well as other parts of the Commonwealth and into New Jersey.
Time is of the essence in your wrongful death lawsuit. For that reason, prospective clients can reach out and contact our offices in Doylestown, Allentown, Easton or Stroudsburg 24 hours a day. We even provide translation services for clients who prefer to communicate in Spanish.