A Philadelphia wrongful death attorney from my firm, the Law Office of Michael P. Forbes, can help you seek just compensation after you lose a loved one due to the negligence, recklessness, or criminal intent of another. For more than 25 years, I have been providing compassionate legal support and I know how delicate wrongful death claims can be. When you let me take up your case, I will move it forward at your pace and will act as your moral support during such a difficult time.
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Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death case is a unique legal process, as it must be filed by someone who was close to the decedent. In Pennsylvania, the only people permitted to make a wrongful death claim are those who are personal representatives of the decedent’s estate. If no one was named before the decedent’s passing, it is likely the court will name a spouse, parent, or child as the representative. The claim must also be filed within two-years of the decedent’s passing, not necessarily since the date of the accident or incident that led to their death.
The compensation the representative can name in the wrongful death claim include:
- Final hospitalization: All medical fees related to the final hospitalizations and emergency treatment the decedent required.
- Burial and funeral costs: Any expenses related to burying the decedent and organizing a funeral should be covered by the liable party.
- Lost wages: The immediate family of the decedent can collect monetary compensation equal to what the decedent would have likely earned throughout their lifetime had the accident never occurred. This amount is usually based on a 6- or 12-month average calculated from the last 6-months of the decedent’s life.
- Missing companionship: Surviving family members that were close or dependent on the decedent can also cite missing companionship or consort as a damage of their wrongful death. This acts as a form of nominal damages and will vary from case to case but it can sometimes be the largest amount collected in a settlement or verdict.
Can I Sue for Emotional Distress?
The wrongful death of a loved one often leaves a person traumatized and distressed. If you have been emotionally distressed due to the negligence of your loved one's medical professional(s), which resulted in their passing, contact our firm today for help proving that your distress was caused by such wrongful death.
My Goal is to Bring Your Family Closure
No one’s love can be replaced with monetary compensation but it is true that winning a settlement or verdict does help a person handle the grief. Knowing that bills and costs will be covered can take stress off your shoulders so you can focus on emotional recovery.
If I, Philadelphia Personal Wrongful Death Attorney Michael Forbes, can help you reach closure and a peaceful tomorrow, please let me know by contacting my firm today.
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