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What Can You Expect to Recover in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

February 12, 2019 Personal Injury

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Wrongful Death LawsuitWhen your loved one dies because of the wrongful act of another person, your losses can be many. The deceased may have been the primary breadwinner for your family, or may have been a source of comfort and guidance in your life. No amount of money can bring them back or make you whole again, but you do have the right to hold them accountable. You may be uncertain, however, just what losses you can seek compensation for in a wrongful death action.

The Types of Damages Available in a Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Lawsuit

As we discussed in an earlier blog, a wrongful death claim must be brought by the personal representative of the estate of the deceased. Parties who can seek damages in a wrongful death action include the surviving spouse, children and parents of the victim.

In a wrongful death action in Pennsylvania, qualified family members may receive compensation for:

  • Unreimbursed medical expenses—This includes the cost of all medical and hospital care required as a result of the accident
  • Loss of financial support—Anyone who can prove reliance on the financial support of the deceased can recover compensation for that lost support.
  • Loss of household services, society and comfort, including moral guidance and loss of companionship/consortium
  • Compensation for pain and suffering
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Contact Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie, Seelaus & Kraft LLP

At Barnard, Mezzanotte, Pinnie, Seelaus & Kraft LLP, we have fought for the rights of individuals throughout Delaware County since 1980. We offer a free initial consultation. To schedule an appointment, call us at 610-565-4055 or 302-594-4535 or contact us online.

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