Pennsylvania – New Jersey
Our caring and compassionate Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Lawyers in Philadelphia, PA and Marlton, NJ are always on your side! If you feel that a loved one has lost their life due to the negligence of others, then finding the right wrongful death lawyer is extremely important.
Whereas most personal injury cases in Philadelphia and New Jersey are brought directly by the person who was injured due to the negligence of another, wrongful death cases are unique in that they are brought by the immediate family members or loved ones of the deceased. Under Pennsylvania law, specifically, the Pennsylvania Survival Act, the estate of the deceased may recover as damages amounts that the deceased individual would have earned if he or she had survived, medical expenses, property damage, expenses associated with administering the estate, medical bills, funeral expenses, and for any pain and suffering the deceased individual endured prior to the wrongful death, as well as punitive damages under extreme circumstances. In addition, the deceased individual’s spouse, his or her children, and his or her parents may recover for their own pain and suffering.
We care about your loss and your case
While we cannot possibly console your grief at the loss of a loved one, we can help to insure that the injury is not compounded by the financial devastation that can follow the unexpected and untimely death of a family member. Our clients have included family members of those wrongful death victims in cases involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, product defects, and other causes. If your loved one died as the result of negligence, the law provides a remedy so that you can continue to pursue the dreams that your loved one undoubtedly had for you. For a free wrongful death case consultation, we invite you to contact one of our expert Wrongful Death Attorneys at Kane & Silverman. We will even meet you at our at your home, or wherever you’d be most comfortable meeting.
Each year, there are roughly 90,000 deaths caused by medical negligence, 45,000 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, 20,000 deaths caused by unsafe premises, and 6,000 from workplace accidents. The most common causes of wrongful death claims derive from:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Accident
- Dangerous Products
- Criminal Acts
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Most states allow the surviving spouse or surviving children to bring a wrongful death claim. If there is no spouse and no children, then and only then may the parents of the deceased bring a claim.
- What is the difference between wrongful death and murder?
Murder is determined in a criminal lawsuit while wrongful death is determined in a civil lawsuit.
- How is the amount of damages determined?
Determining the amount of damages is tricky but family members may be able to recover payment for medical bills and burial expenses. In certain cases pain and suffering and future earnings may also be recovered.
- How long do I have to file a wrongful death suit?
You typically have two years from the date of the deceased’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
- How much will it cost me to pursue a wrongful death claim?
Most wrongful death attorneys work on a contingent basis so instead of an hourly rate the attorney gets paid on a percentage of the recovery.
- Can heirs hire separate legal representatives?
Yes and this situation happens quite frequently especially in those cases in which heirs are hostile towards one another.