Has someone you love died in an accident in Philadelphia? Do you believe they’re gone because someone else was careless? If so, do not hesitate to contact a Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC for immediate assistance.
You may be entitled to compensation. We can help you fight to get every dollar your family needs and deserves during this incredibly difficult time.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’ve been dedicated to helping injured accidents in and around Philadelphia for more than 30 years. We take an aggressive approach to the cases we handle and do everything we can to secure meaningful compensation for our clients. If you’ve recently lost a loved one in a fatal Philadelphia accident, we’ll be here to help you, too.
All you have to do is contact our Philadelphia law firm and ask for our help. It’s that simple. We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to call us to schedule yours today. We’re available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Why Should I Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney?
You’ve just suffered an unimaginable loss. You have enough to think about without the added stress and headache of a wrongful death claim. Hiring a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer to handle your case can give you time to grieve and figure out how to move forward with your life. It can also level the playing field and help you recover maximum compensation.
You should call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC for help after a fatal accident because:
- Other people involved in the accident might try to blame your loved one, which could hurt your ability to recover compensation
- Insurance companies will try to manipulate you into accepting way less money than you deserve, and
- You might not realize that multiple people are responsible – and financially liable – for the fatal accident.
Our goal is to help you in any way that we can during this difficult time. We want you to focus on yourself and your family. We’ll take care of your legal fight for financial compensation. Give us a call today to learn more.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
When someone dies in an accident in Philadelphia, family members may have the right to recover compensation through what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit. In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death action, as defined in 42 § Pa.C.S. 8301, can be initiated when the “death of an individual [is] caused by the wrongful act or neglect or unlawful violence or negligence of another.”
In other words, if someone you love died because another person was careless, negligent, failed to act, or intentionally caused harm, you might have a legitimate claim for damages.
Only Certain People Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Philadelphia
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute, this right is reserved for an accident victim’s:
- Children, or
If the victim has no surviving spouse, child, or parent, then a wrongful death action can be initiated by the personal representative of the victim’s estate.
What’s the Difference Between a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and a Survival Action?
Wrongful death actions are intended to compensate certain family members – spouses, children, and parents – for their pecuniary losses after a fatal accident. Family members can also seek damages for the emotional and psychological harm they suffer as a result of their loss, as well.
Put another way, a wrongful death lawsuit should help family members cope financially and emotionally after a fatal accident.
Survival actions, on the other hand, are not filed for the (direct) benefit of family members. Instead, survival actions seek to recover damages that the victim would have been entitled to seek, had they survived their injuries.
A survival action is not filed by the family, but rather the personal representative handling the victim’s estate. Damages recovered in a survival action are paid directly to the estate. From there, those damages can eventually make their way to family members.
What Damages Are Available Through a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Pennsylvania, only certain damages can be recovered through a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes compensation for:
- Hospital, nursing, and medical expenses incurred before the victim’s death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Expenses of administration necessitated by reason of the victim’s injuries that resulted in death
- The money the victim would have contributed to the family had they survived
- The value of the services, society, and comfort the victim would have contributed had they survived, and
- The emotional and psychological toll of the victim’s death, as experienced by surviving family members.
Punitive damages may also be awarded if the person responsible for your loved one’s death acted intentionally or with malice.
Calculating the damages in a Philadelphia wrongful death action can be challenging. Let the attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC help. We’ve worked hard to establish professional relationships with some of the best injury experts in and around the city. They can help us understand how your loved one’s death will affect your life and, in turn, what your case is probably worth.
We can enter negotiations armed with expert-backed evidence and arguments. This can help as we attempt to leverage insurers and at-fault parties into taking responsibility and paying you what you deserve.
We Handle All Wrongful Death Matters in Philadelphia
Any accident has the potential to take a deadly turn. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’re here to help you in any way that you can after any fatal accident. We handle all wrongful death cases in Philadelphia, including:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Construction accidents, or
- Workplace accidents.
Give our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania law office a quick call to schedule your free consultation. If you can’t make it into the office to chat, we can come to you. Call us today to learn more.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
We understand that you’ve got a lot going on right now. The pain you feel in the wake of the fatal accident is probably devastating. However, you can’t wait too long to assert your right to demand compensation. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is two years from the date of the accident or death, whichever is later.
You risk losing out on valuable compensation if you don’t file your claim on time. Let our attorneys help. Give us a call as soon as you can after the fatal accident. We can get to work on your wrongful death case right away.
Call Our Compassionate Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyers For Help
Whether you’ve lost someone in a motor vehicle accident or because of a defective product, the attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are here to help. We understand how devastating it can be to lose someone you love. We also know that while money won’t bring them back, it can be a huge help as you grieve and begin to move forward.
Reach out to us online or give us a call to set up a free, no-obligation case assessment. We’re here to help you whenever you need it most.