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Who can file a wrongful death suit?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Wrongful Death

A personal injury claim can help offset medical bills and lost wages if a loved one sustained injuries in a collision. However, what if the injuries prove too catastrophic and cause that person’s death?

A wrongful death suit goes through the court similarly to a personal injury case with a few exceptions. Obtain a fundamental understanding of who can bring a wrongful death court action and what can come of it.

What is the relation to the deceased?

In a personal injury claim, the injured party files the action to recover money for him or herself. However, after death, that is no longer possible. Instead, eligible surviving family members file to recoup damages for themselves. Under Pennsylvania law, relatives who prove their dependence on the deceased may initiate a court action. This often includes:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings

What is the purpose of a wrongful death case?

A car accident where a negligent driver caused someone else’s death strips survivors of a loved one’s company and their financial support. During a wrongful death case, survivors can recover the money spent on medical bills and care after the accident and recover the deceased’s income and future earnings. Survivors may also broach the subject of pain and suffering with the court and request compensation due to the emotional toll the accident and subsequent loss had on them.

Wrongful death cases require proof that the accident caused the injuries and that the damage from those injuries led to a loved one’s death. Anyone with this solid foundation should broach the topic with a professional with the know-how and experience to navigate a wrongful death case.