How Much is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?
Our Pittsburgh wrongful death lawyers understand that losing a loved one is always difficult.
But when another party’s negligent actions take away your loved one far too early, the pain is that much more difficult to process.
Wrongful death litigation is designed to compensate families of the deceased for their loss, and give them the resources they need to begin putting the pieces of their lives back together.
If you lost a loved one in an accident, please contact the Pittsburgh wrongful death lawyers at Hal Waldman & Associates today at (412) 338-1000 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Wrongful Death in Pennsylvania
Every wrongful death case is unique. Any dollar amount you might recover in wrongful death litigation depends on the particular circumstances of your case.
Pennsylvania’s Wrongful Death Act and Survival Act are two statutes that stipulate the kinds of damages that survivors may recover in wrongful death cases. The most important of these include:
- All hospital, medical, funeral, burial, and estate administration expenses.
- Monies to fairly and adequately compensate the family of the deceased for lost contributions to food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and other necessities of life.
- Monies to fairly compensate a surviving father or mother for loss of guidance and moral upbringing in raising their surviving children.
- Monies to compensate survivors for the loss of such intangibles as housework, physical comforts, and companionship.
- Monies to compensate surviving family members for the pain and suffering from losing the loved one.
An unusual provision of Pennsylvania law is that plaintiffs may also be awarded compensation for the conscious pain and suffering that the victim may have suffered between the time of the injury and the time of death.
In Pennsylvania, the personal representative of the deceased may bring a wrongful death case within six months of the death of the decedent. The personal representative is generally the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate. After six months, if the designated personal representative has not yet filed a claim, then any potential beneficiary may do so up to two years following the death of a loved one.
Pennsylvania wrongful death law is complex, and it takes an attorney with a proven record of success to ensure that survivors receive every penny to which they are entitled.
We’re Here to Help
If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to recover substantial damages from the negligent party. Please call (412) 338-1000 today to arrange your free, confidential consultation with the Pittsburgh wrongful death lawyers at Hal Waldman & Associates.