Philadelphia Wrongful Death Attorney
Nothing can replace a loved one. It can be hard to move forward while emotions are high and hearts are low. Things only become more complicated when negligence or misconduct caused your loved one’s death. These devastating and unimaginable losses can affect your life and future. When you and your surviving loved ones are dealing with grief, you shouldn’t have to worry about legal matters. A Philadelphia wrongful death attorney at Kane & Silverman can handle legal matters as you take as much time as you need to mourn.
Our attorneys will strive to secure you the highest compensation possible. This surely will not bring your loved one back, but it can assist you in the event of lost wages, medical costs and funeral services. While we cannot console your grief, we can help to ensure that the loss is not compounded by the financial devastation that can follow the unexpected and untimely death of a family member.
When the death of a loved one was preventable, the party at fault should be held accountable. When we hold these negligent parties responsible, others are deterred from acting negligently in the future. This can help reduce the number of fatalities caused by negligence or misconduct.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If your loved one died as the result of negligence, the law provides a remedy so that you can continue to pursue the dreams your loved one had for you. Whereas most personal injury cases are brought directly by the person who was injured, wrongful death claims are brought by the immediate family members or loved ones of the deceased. In both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the deceased person’s death. If you feel that a loved one has lost his or her life due to the negligence of others, then finding the right wrongful death lawyer is crucial.
A lawyer experienced in wrongful death cases will handle everything outside of your tragedy. This includes dealing with those responsible for the wrongful death, as well as any discrepancies with the insurance company. It’s a sad reality that some insurance companies will attempt to lessen the amount they pay out to a policyholder, regardless of the death in the family. Our wrongful death attorneys will protect your rights so this won’t happen.
Wrongful Death Laws
There are two laws dealing with wrongful death cases: the Wrongful Death Action and the Survival Action.
The Survival Action focuses on the deceased. It allows the deceased’s estate to recover damages. The estate can recover damages that the deceased individual would have earned had he or she survived. This includes lost wages and any pain and suffering the deceased individual endured from the moment of injury until the wrongful death. The estate is then distributed according to the deceased’s will.
The Wrongful Death Action focuses on the deceased’s family. It allows parents, spouses and children of the deceased to collect damages. If none of these family members exist, a personal representative of the deceased can receive damages. The deceased’s family members are eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, loss of companionship and more.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death can happen in a variety of ways. Our attorneys will seek out whoever was liable and take swift action. We will do whatever it takes to locate the evidence and piece together the circumstances that led to the wrongful death.
Depending on the incident, the following are circumstances where you may have a case.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (determining who’s at fault, whether proper laws were followed)
- Medical Malpractice (medical errors, misdiagnosis, prescription errors)
- Hazardous Property
- Workplace Accident
- Defective Products
- Slip and Fall
- Nursing Home Abuse
Wrongful Death Attorney in Philadelphia, PA and Marlton, NJ
If your loved one has died due to someone else’s negligence, contact a Philadelphia wrongful death attorney at Kane & Silverman for a free consultation. We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Marlton, New Jersey where you can speak with one of our attorneys. Please do not hesitate to call us at 215-232-1000 or fill out our contact form online. We are here to help as you go through this difficult time.