Wrongful Death Lawyer
in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Wilkes-Barre
Losing a loved one is always tragic, especially when their death is unexpected and preventable. When someone is killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, it is considered a wrongful death. This can include negligence on the part of a person, business, or entity. When a negligent death occurs, families want to seek justice on behalf of their lost loved ones. An experienced wrongful death attorney has the knowledge and resources to help your family seek justice for your loss.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
While we realize that nothing can bring back your loved one, we hope that seeking justice will help you and your family begin to heal and move forward. In Pennsylvania, a surviving spouse, child, parent/guardian of the deceased or a person appointed by the state to represent the beneficiaries, called a “personal representative,” may file a wrongful death suit on behalf of the beneficiaries. It’s important to note that a wrongful death suit must be filed within two years of the date of death. Contact a wrongful death lawyer today if you have questions.
Cause of a Wrongful Death
A death is wrongful if an act of negligence contributed to the death taking place. Negligence could be considered an act that results in a fatal injury or it could be a lack of action that resulted in a death. We often see wrongful death in cases involving a fatal motor vehicle or pedestrian accidents, medical errors, birth injuries, construction or workplace fatalities, as well as defective product accidents or intentional acts. When someone’s negligence results in wrongful death, the negligent party is liable for damages that occurred as a result of that death.