Wrongful Death

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Lancaster Wrongful Death Attorney

Providing Compassionate Legal Counsel to Grieving Families

Losing a loved one is devastating, especially if the loss is unexpected and resulted because of someone else’s reckless actions. If negligence resulted in the loss of your loved one, you may be able to recover damages by filing a wrongful death suit.

At Metzger Wickersham, our Lancaster wrongful death attorneys are here to help you. We understand that you are going through a difficult time emotionally and financially, which is why we offer compassionate, personalized legal assistance to grieving families. Known for our aggressive negotiation and litigation skills, you can trust our attorneys to work tirelessly to fight for your right to compensation.

Contact our firm online or at (888) 286-2850 to learn how we can help you. Your initial consultation is free.

How Is Wrongful Death Legally Defined in Pennsylvania?

Under 42 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. § 8301, a wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the wrongful actions, neglect, or unlawful negligence or violence of another person. Wrongful death suits can arise from:

  • Car or truck accident
  • Medical malpractice incidents
  • Intentional acts (crimes)
  • Construction accidents

A wrongful death lawsuit allows for surviving family members (or the decedent’s estate) to receive financial compensation. While no amount of money will excuse the defendant’s actions or ease your grief, it can help ease the financial burden of the unexpected loss.

Claimants can receive compensation to cover out-of-pocket expenses, such as:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Hospital and medical bills (obtained before death)
  • Loss of income and/or benefits
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Loss of the deceased’s comfort, guidance, or household services

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

In Pennsylvania, a personal representative must file a wrongful death claim on behalf of those seeking compensation. This representative is typically the executor of the decedent’s estate (who is named in the decedent’s will or appointed by the state). However, if the executor fails to file a claim within 6 months of the date of death, any beneficiaries may file the claim on behalf of all of the decedent’s beneficiaries. It is also important to note that wrongful death suits must be filed within two years of the deceased’s death.

Contact Our Lancaster Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

At Metzger Wickersham, we understand how difficult it is to navigate the grieving process. While you take care of yourself (and your family), our legal team can handle the case legalities and help you:

  • File your claim
  • Collect evidence (testimonies, medical records, photos/videos, etc.)
  • Calculate your damages
  • Understand your legal options

Let our Lancaster wrongful death attorneys advocate on your behalf. Schedule your free case consultation online today or call (888) 286-2850.

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