Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it is especially difficult when a person is taken before their time due to someone else’s negligence or intentional malicious act. It is in these cases that many people who have lost a loved one tragically decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death lawsuits sometimes start off as personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuits that aim to compensate someone who has been in an accident or has received substandard medical care. Claims can originate from a personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal or occupational negligence. If the victim dies, however, the focus moves away from the person who was injured and onto those closest to them and those who have the biggest voids to fill with that person missing from their lives.
If your family has suffered the wrongful death of a family member from an accident, you need more than financial compensation and security. You also need closure, and to know that you are heard. We have been practicing law since 1965, and we know how hard it can be for families to deal with the legal side of things while grieving the death of a loved one. Our clients are families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and neighboring states, and we give them the compassionate service the people of those communities deserve. We fight hard for their rights and interests, whether in settlement negotiations or in court.
Reasons to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
There are several reasons why a person would need compensation after the loss of a loved one. Some of the reasons why wrongful death settlements are awarded include:
- Medical costs of treating the injury
- The pain and suffering the deceased person experienced before their death
- Loss of future income or inheritance
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The loss of services the deceased person provided
- The value of their care and nurturing presence
How much all of these things are valued, and how that translates into compensation, depends on the person’s relationship with the deceased and the impact they had on their lives.
Let Us Stand By You and Your Family
Gay & Chacker attorneys have advised and represented families who have lost loved ones through many different kinds of accidents, including auto accidents, truck accidents, bicycle or pedestrian fatality, motorcycle accidents, bus or train accidents, and medical malpractice.
We also handle fatal workplace accidents. Whether your loved one died due to a lack of safety precautions, employer carelessness, faulty machinery, or another reason, we will explain your legal options for recovering full benefits and compensation for your loss.
Who Should File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Usually, a wrongful death claim will be filed by close relatives of the person who died. For married people, this is frequently their spouse and or children. An unmarried person who died is more likely to trigger a lawsuit from a sibling, adult parent, or grandparent. However, it is possible for anyone who relied on the person for support to have a valid wrongful death claim. The closer the relationship, the stronger the claim a person will normally have.
Several different parties may be held responsible for a single wrongful death, such as an individual driving in a car crash, the bartender that served that person that was intoxicated, and their car manufacturer that failed to communicate a recall for the brakes in their car.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the criminal, negligent, or malicious acts of another person or company, a wrongful death attorney may be able to help you find some compensation for the loss and begin to heal and move on with your life.
What Kind of Compenstion Can A Wrongful Death Claim Include?
Our attorneys are dedicated to helping people who lose loved ones in fatal accidents. Of course, no amount of recompense can ever replace a life lost, but grieving families deserve answers as well as compensation when suffering due to wrongful death.
If your loved one was killed in an accident that involved someone else’s negligence, it may be possible to obtain compensation for:
- Lost financial support
- Psychological and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses incurred before death
After a fatal accident, no lawyer can guarantee you a specific financial award. At Gay & Chacker, our experienced attorneys can fight to get your questions answers, hold negligent parties accountable, and pursue compensation for you.
Protecting Your Family’s Well-Being
We are Philadelphia-based personal injury lawyers, and we know how to handle wrongful death cases in the best way possible for your family. We will keep you informed on how the wrongful death claim is progressing in a way that reduces the legal burden while you are grieving.
We believe that being supportive of your family during this time is as important as proving your legal claims.
Contact us now to learn more about how we can help in a wrongful death case. There is no risk or obligation. We charge you no legal fees unless we recover money damages for you. Call us today at 800-529-4030 for a free consultation, and let us help however we can.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
We know that legal concerns are probably the last thing on your mind if you’ve lost a loved one. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit and dealing with the legal process is something that no one wants to do while grieving. Our goal would be to handle the legal issues for you so that you can focus on your well-being at this difficult time. Wrongful death claims involve a strict statute of limitations. After a fatal car accident, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to begin the process if appropriate.
Call (215) 567-7955 or fill out our online form to schedule a free legal consultation with a lawyer at our firm. There is no obligation to hire us during or after the consultation. If you do retain our firm for your wrongful death claim, we will charge no legal fees unless we recover money for you.