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It is heartbreaking to lose a loved one, but this loss can be even more painful when the death was caused by someone’s carelessness and could have been prevented. If negligence has led to the loss of your loved one, whether in a car accident, truck accident, or an instance of medical malpractice, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

At Metzger Wickersham, our wrongful death attorneys provide compassionate assistance to families throughout Pennsylvania. Backed by decades of combined experience and trusted since 1888, our firm has the skill, experience, and legal know-how to fight for your rights. We are devoted to pursuing maximum results for our clients.

Call Metzger Wickersham at (888) 286-2850 or fill out an online form to discuss your case. Se habla Español.

What Is Considered Wrongful Death?

Under the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed to recover compensation for the death of an individual that was caused by a wrongful or negligent act. The damages in a wrongful death case are meant to compensate the family of the deceased for losses resulting from the death of a family member.

What Are the Most Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims?

Many of our wrongful death clients have lost loved ones in auto accidents, including those involving drunk drivers. When the incident takes place at a place of employment, such as an accident at a construction site, professional negligence may also play a role in the wrongful death suit.

A fall from a defective product, such as a ladder, that results in a death may also be grounds for a lawsuit. Our Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers can assist you on what to do next in this tough circumstance.

What Compensation Is Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit enables the family of the deceased, or another party filing a claim (such as the estate of the deceased), to recover monetary losses – such as the loss of income – associated with the death of their loved one.

While nothing can undo the terrible loss your family has suffered, allow our PA wrongful death lawyers to help you and your family obtain financial compensation to cover unexpected out-of-pocket expenses, including:

  • Medical bills prior to the death
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of income and benefits

To find out more about compensation in wrongful death claims, reach out to our experienced team today for more information.

Who Is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Under Pennsylvania law, those who may file a lawsuit for wrongful death must be a “personal representative” or executor of the deceased person’s estate. They may be named in a will, or if there is no will, then the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Who Gets the Money in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The damages from a Pennsylvania wrongful death claim are for the deceased's surviving spouse, children, and/or parents and are intended to compensate the for the losses related to the death of their loved one.

Even if there is no surviving spouse, child, or parent, the executor may still seek damages to compensate the estate for the costs of:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • And estate administration expenses

Have you lost a loved one due to negligence? Fill out our online contact form and our Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys will be in touch. Our services are also available in Spanish.

How to Prove a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If you've lost a loved one in an accident due to another party's negligence, our wrongful death lawyers in PA at Metzger Wickersham can advocate for your rights. You may be entitled to compensation.

The following must be shown in order to bring a successful wrongful death lawsuit:
  • A person has died
  • The person died as a result of someone's negligence
  • The deceased is survived by immediate family members (for example, a spouse and children)
  • The surviving family members have suffered a monetary loss as a result of the victim's death

What Is the Statute of Limitation on Wrongful Death Claims in Pennsylvania?

In general, the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania allows families up to two years to file a wrongful death suit.

We understand how difficult it is to navigate filing a wrongful death suit after losing a loved one. However, it's important to keep in mind that delaying this action could affect your legal rights. Let our skilled Pennsylvania wrongful death attorneys aggressively advocate on your behalf.

How to Find a Wrongful Death Attorney?

Finding a wrongful death attorney in Pennsylvania can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Diligent research and interviewing of potential attorneys can help ensure that the right lawyer is chosen for to meet your family's legal needs.

Here are some things to look for when interviewing PA wrongful death lawyers:

  • Experience: Start by looking for an experienced attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases. With a specialization in this area, you can rest assured that your attorney has a comprehensive understanding of the law and how it applies to your case. Ask questions about their experience within the field, take notes on what each attorney tells you, and don’t hesitate to ask questions until your expectations are clear.
  • Dependability: You want a lawyer who will follow through with the case and provide reliable guidance during this difficult time - having knowledgeable representation can ease some of the stress that are undoubtedly experiencing. Acquiring professional counsel who respects you and understands how to best handle your situation is key.
  • Track Record: Not only do you want an attorney who has experience with wrongful death claims, you want one that has a proven history of resolving these cases successfully. Many attorneys are quick to accept a settlement that may be well below the actual amount of damages you are owed. Look at an attorney’s case results to see how much they have been able to achieve for their clients.

How Metzger Wickersham Can Help

Metzger Wickersham understands how difficult this time is for you and your family, which is why we are dedicated to providing you with compassionate support throughout the entire legal process.

With our wrongful death lawyers in PA, our goal is to help ensure that your family receives everything you need to get past this experience. This means providing you with personalized attention, open communication, and unyielding commitment.

We serve clients all across Pennsylvania, with offices in the following locations:

Don't wait until the last minute. Contact us wrongful death attorneys in Pennsylvania at anytime! We're available 24/7! Set up a free evaluation to know more about your legal options and more.

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