Wrongful Death

When a loved one is killed by another’s negligence or wrongdoing, the surviving family members at times have mixed feelings about making a claim for the death.  No amount of money can bring the departed loved one back to life.  However, a monetary award is often the only way civil law can penalize the individual(s) at fault, recognize the value of the decedent’s life, and compensate for the death. The reality for many settlement cases is an award truly memorializes the life of the deceased family member while providing funds to provide for dependents, educate the next generation, and support worthy causes.

Wrongful death suits are intended to hold an individual, group or corporation accountable for causing fatal injuries to another person. The main objective of a wrongful death suit is to provide compensation to the spouse, parent or children of the deceased.

Accidental deaths happen all too often in Pennsylvania.  In fact, one Pennsylvania resident dies every 65 minutes. More than 8,000 deaths occurred as a result of an unintentional injury last year alone.  The leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania is motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents. Other top causes include falls, accidents involving machinery, poisonings, suffocation, drowning, fire and burns.

In Pennsylvania, families can receive a variety of damages in a wrongful death claim. The amount of damages awarded will depend on your relationship to the deceased (The Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act does prohibit siblings or other extended family members from making a wrongful death claim). A wrongful death claim is affected by many factors including disputed issues of liability, assumption of risk, contributory negligence, comparative negligence, and proximate causation.  In general, you may be able to recover money to reimburse you for:

  • Loss of future income
  • Any future services normally provided to you by the person who has died
  • All medical expenses incurred as a result of the negligence
  • Property damage, if applicable
  • Punitive damages if the negligence was found to be criminal

We know that losing a loved one as a result of wrongful death is painful.  It is important not to confuse the value of a case with the true value of the departed loved one’s life. Here at McEldrew Law, a highly skilled Pennsylvania lawyer can guide you through the legal process with sensitivity and compassion, making sure that you get the compensation you and your family need and deserve.  We represent individuals and families who have lost a loved one in devastating accidents caused by the negligence of others. We remain sensitive to our clients’ emotional needs during this difficult time, but are prepared to use our extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania wrongful death laws to make sure they obtain a verdict or settlement that provides financial security for the future.

At McEldrew Law, we understand how difficult it can be to seek retribution for the loss of a loved one. We have more than 30 years of experience advocating for people who have been involved in a wrongful death due to negligence of another person. To schedule a meeting, fill out our free case evaluation form, or call us at 1-215-545-8800.  We provide a free initial consultation to every client.