Luzerne County Wrongful Death Lawyers
Supporting Grieving Families across Eastern Pennsylvania
At Slusser Law Firm, we know there is nothing more tragic than the unexpected death of a loved one. The loss and grief are compounded when the death was caused by someone else’s negligence. Our wrongful death attorneys in Luzerne County provide caring and capable legal representation to families throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. As your representative, we will fight for the full and fair compensation you are owed.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
The emotional pain and loss can feel overwhelming, but there are additional factors to consider. The loss of a loved one can also mean a loss of income needed to support your family. When the death was caused by another person’s negligence, our Luzerne County wrongful death lawyers can help you seek compensation for lost wages, medical and funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional duress.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?
In Pennsylvania, the personal representative must bring a wrongful death claim to court on behalf of the surviving family. The following surviving family members may receive compensation in a wrongful death claim on behalf of their deceased loved one:
- The deceased individual's spouse
- The deceased's children
- The deceased's parents
Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Each state has a unique "time limit" for how long after a fatal accident the surviving family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. In Pennsylvania, the wrongful death statute of limitations in 2 years from the date of the individual's death (details can be found in Pennsylvania Statutes Title 42, Section 5524). This means that if you attempt to file a lawsuit after the 2 years have passed, your case will most likely be dismissed and you will be unable to obtain compensation.
If you believe that you have run out of time to file your claim, you should still reach out to our wrongful death lawyers to discuss your situation. The law allows for some special circumstances under which the statute of limitations may be extended.
Experienced Legal Representation for Your Family
In order to prevail in a wrongful death case, you only need to show that the other party was responsible for your loved one’s death. It is not necessary to show that there was any malice or intent to harm the victim to prove that the responsible party was negligent. Wrongful death cases can arise from a broad range of situations.
We represent clients in wrongful death cases that stem from:
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Criminal activity
- Workplace accidents
- Extended exposure to hazardous conditions
No lawsuit can ever bring back your loved one, but our lawyers can assist you in holding the negligent party responsible for their actions. We can help you seek justice, find peace of mind, and secure the compensation your family deserves. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An attorney will return your call within one hour to discuss your case at any time of the day or night.
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