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Losing a loved one is heartbreaking, and grief can be even more profound when someone you love is gone because of negligence. Our attorneys at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad know how difficult it can be to get through these tough times. We are here to provide the compassionate support and legal representation you need to make things right for your loved one and family.

What Is Wrongful Death?

When someone loses their life because of the negligence or carelessness of another party, it may be considered a wrongful death in Pennsylvania.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?

It can be challenging to navigate the law surrounding wrongful death. In Pennsylvania, a civil wrongful death action can only be filed by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. This person may be named in a will or appointed by the probate court. Although the personal representative is bringing the claim, it’s on behalf of all the beneficiaries of the estate.

If a wrongful death claim is not filed within six months of the date of death, a beneficiary of the estate can file a claim on behalf of all recipients. Our lawyers help you understand how the process works and ensures your family’s interests are represented. 

Which Types of Cases Involve Wrongful Death?

Car accidents, tractor-trailer crashes, motorcycle accidents, collisions involving drunk drivers, and slip and fall accidents are often the cause of a person’s wrongful death. Acts of violence that lead to someone’s death may also be the basis for a wrongful death claim. Our personal injury attorneys handle many different types of wrongful death cases and are dedicated to finding justice for families and their loved ones.

How Do I Know If I Have A Wrongful Death Claim?

The best way to determine whether a wrongful death claim may be appropriate in your situation is to contact an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney. These types of cases are complex. Our attorneys assess your claim at no cost to you and advise you on the most effective course of action.

Why Do I Need A Wrongful Death Lawyer?

We understand the stress and pain that are often involved in these types of cases. Although no amount of money can change what happened, a wrongful death attorney can help you hold negligent parties accountable for their harmful actions. Our team thoroughly investigates the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and fights to help you recover maximum compensation for your family’s losses.

Insurance companies usually attempt to deny wrongful death claims or offer meager settlement amounts. We ensure your rights are protected and your claim is accurately valued. We take some of the weight off your shoulders so your family can grieve in peace and heal.

What Types Of Damages Can Be Recovered In A Wrongful Death Case?

The Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act enables a victim’s spouse, children, and/or parents to recover damages, such as medical and nursing expenses, funeral and administrative costs, and loss of companionship and financial support. If an at-fault party’s behavior was particularly egregious or reckless, you might be entitled to punitive damages as well. The dollar amount of compensation recovered varies from case to case.

What Is A Survival Action?

In a survival action, beneficiaries may recover damages that the deceased person could have received in a personal injury claim had they survived. Damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of future earning capacity, are often pursued in a survival action. Compensation received in a survival action is administered through probate according to the deceased person’s will or the Pennsylvania intestate succession laws if there is no will. Unlike wrongful death damages, any proceeds that are awarded in a survival action are taxable.

How Will I Pay for My Case?

At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad, our personal injury lawyers work on contingency, which means you do not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation in your case. Your initial consultation is always free, and if you have a valid claim you would like to pursue, there are no up-front costs to you. To us, wrongful death cases are not just about money; they’re about holding negligent parties responsible for their actions and helping families find healing.

Contact A Lehigh Valley Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have lost a loved one and believe a wrongful death claim or survival action may be appropriate, contact us online to schedule a free consultation. You can also call our offices if you have any further questions about our wrongful death FAQs. Call 610-867-2900 to reach us in Bethlehem, or contact us in Allentown, Stroudsburg, and Topton.