Losing a loved one is never easy to bear. But when life is cut short due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another, grief and loss are compounded with anger, fear, and uncertainty.
No matter how your loved one lost his or her life — on a highway, in a hospital, in an airplane, or on the job — the wrongful death attorneys at May, May, & Zimmerman are here to help. We'll aggressively pursue the financial compensation you need, resulting in a settlement that reflects the devastating loss you must endure.
A wrongful death attorney specializes in cases involving wrongful death. They help protect the rights of families who have lost someone they love through the wrongful actions of another. They also guide clients through the process of filing and winning a wrongful death claim against the negligence or misconduct of the liable party.
A wrongful death is a death that occurs as a result of the negligence, misconduct, or wrongdoing of another person. Even if the death is accidental, a person can still be held liable for actions that contributed to the death.
Wrongful death can occur in a variety of situations including:
In order to prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit, a plaintiff must show that the death of another was caused by the actions of the liable party. Just as in slip and fall cases, negligence and liability both play a role in the outcome of the case. You must prove that the liable party either created the conditions that led to the death or that they failed to correct a situation that led to the death.
For example, a car manufacturer could be held liable for a wrongful death if they failed to repair a known defect in a vehicle's braking system that was the direct result of a crash that resulted in death. An employer could be held liable for wrongful death damages if they failed to correct working conditions that led to an employee's death.
Yes. While the last thing on your mind during the grieving process of a lost love one is financial compensation for their death, it's important to act quickly in order to preserve your rights. In Pennsylvania, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years after the wrongful death occurred.
A surviving spouse, parent, or children of the deceased can sue for a variety of wrongful death damages including:
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the wrongful death, some courts award punitive damages to compensate families for particularly reckless or egregious actions that led to the death of the deceased.
During our many years of service to injured clients in southeastern Pennsylvania, including families mourning a wrongful death, we have aggressively protected the rights of a decedent's loved ones with in-depth investigation, skillful negotiation with insurers, and forceful litigation in courts of law. But we also recognize that this is a difficult time for our clients. We're here to bring you peace of mind and show utmost sensitivity to your emotions.
We want the cost of our quality legal services to be the last thing on your mind as you seek to move on from a personal tragedy like wrongful death. Therefore, you receive our hard work strictly on a contingent fee basis. You will owe no attorney fee unless we win your case and recover settlement damages that you approve.
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