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What is Wrongful Death?

When a loved one dies because of the actions of another person’s negligence, it can feel worse than losing that loved one naturally. While dealing with the grief, it may not occur to family members that they still have legal rights and can file a wrongful death claim. But what exactly is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is a legal term used when someone is killed due to the negligence of another party. Wrongful death can occur through several different events, including:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Nursing home neglect and abuse
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Construction accidents

It is a civil rather than a criminal matter. For example, if a family member has been killed in an accident because of a drunk driver, the criminal case, which would involve a possible jail term, will not be part of the civil matter.  In the civil matter a separate action would be commenced and compensation for the individual’s death would be awarded. Wrongful death suits focus on the damages that can be received by parents, spouses, children or other dependents from the person or company that is responsible for the death.

Damages include:

  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship and emotional suffering
  • Loss of present and future income
  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of inheritance

The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Atlee Hall LLP, have a successful track record of helping families with their emotional and monetary loss.

If you have lost a loved one and would like to file a wrongful death claim in the Philadelphia or Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, or anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Atlee Hall, LLP today.