Wrongful death is the legal term used when someone has died because of the wrongful conduct of another person or a corporation. It means what it sounds like, wrongful, and the person or corporation must be held accountable.
Wrongful death can occur from a medical procedure, a tractor-trailer crash, car crash, or a defective consumer product. Jaime Jackson is a compassionate wrongful death lawyer based in Lancaster, PA, and brings clarity and closure to your case.
We know that nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one. However, wrongful death laws in Pennsylvania mean that the person suing may be able to claim monetary compensation. This can help with some of the financial and emotional challenges arising from your loss. For example, the loss of financial support, and the loss of a family member’s love and affection.
In addition, damages may also be claimed for reasonable medical expenses incurred before the person died, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
If a loved one has died unexpectedly because of someone else’s wrongdoing, contact Jaime Jackson Law. Jaime Jackson is an experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyer based in Lancaster, PA. We will walk your journey with you, offering compassion, clarity, and closure.
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death is the legal term used when someone has died because of the wrongful conduct of another or a corporation. Wrongful death may be the result of an unsafe product, negligence, medical malpractice, or trucking and car crashes.
Wrongful death means what it sounds like, wrongful, and the person or corporation must be held accountable. In other words, when a corporation or individual has ignored safety rules and someone is killed, there must be accountability. This means, compensating the family and preventing the same thing from happening to someone else.
What is a wrongful death beneficiary?
Pennsylvania law defines who may be a wrongful death beneficiary in a lawsuit. Essentially, those who qualify as a wrongful death beneficiary were financially dependent on the person who died. This might include a spouse, children, and parents of the person who died (if they can show a financial loss).
Under Pennsylvania law, the personal representative of the person who died may bring the lawsuit on behalf of the wrongful death beneficiaries.
What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death action?
The family members of the person who died may be able to recover damages for economic loss, as well as: damages for the loss of services; society; and, the love and comfort that would have been provided or contributed had that person lived.
What is a survival action?
Under Pennsylvania law, a survival action is the claim that is brought on behalf of the Estate of the person who died. The damages recoverable on behalf of the Estate in a survival action include:
1) lost earnings;
2) loss of earning capacity;
3) pain and suffering;
4) mental and emotional distress, anxiety, embarrassment and humiliation;
5) funeral expenses; and
6) medical expenses.