Philadelphia + Delaware County Wrongful Death Attorneys
The loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic experiences any family will endure. When a loved one’s death is caused by preventable circumstances such as someone else’s negligent or intentional acts, carelessness or aggression, a surviving spouse or other family members may experience anger and confusion in addition to immense grief.
Unfortunately, during such difficult times a deceased individual’s family must also think about pursuing their legal rights to restore justice through money damages. Pennsylvania wrongful death laws provide only a short period of time in which a grieving widow or family may bring a wrongful death claim against whomever is responsible for the death of their loved one. Failure to take prompt action could jeopardize a potential wrongful death claim.
What Types of Damages Can Be Awarded in a Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Suit?
Recoverable damages in wrongful death suits can include the financial support that the deceased family member would have contributed to the household. Other damages our experiencedPhiladelphia wrongful death attorneys may seek include:
- direct costs such as medical bills and funeral expenses
- loss of pension or retirement benefits the deceased would have received but for the wrongful death
- loss of future earnings the deceased would have earned
- compensation for the mental pain and suffering of the survivors, also known as loss of companionship
- punitive damages that a jury might assess the defendant for his or her action that resulted in the death
How is the Amount of a Damage Award Determined?
In a Pennsylvania wrongful death case, a jury may award damages that it finds fair and just in relation to the injury to the deceased’s loved ones. However, the calculation of the damages you should seek is a complicated process that can best be achieved with the assistance of a skilled wrongful death attorney at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias. Headquartered in Media, Pa., we handle wrongful death actions throughout Pennsylvania, including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County and Delaware County, and we will help you sort through the meaning of terms like “present value,” “future losses,” “life expectancy tables,” “reasonable interest rate,” or “discounted value.” We can explain how wrongful death damages are distributed in cases with more than one beneficiary under Pennsylvania law.
How Do I Know if I Have a Wrongful Death Claim in Philadelphia or Delaware County?
Wrongful death claims may arise out of a number of circumstances such as medical mistakes, motor vehicle accidents, workplace hazards and defective products. Because compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one is based in large part on his or her financial contribution to the family, as well as how survivors have been affected emotionally, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced attorney when considering a Pennsylvania wrongful death action.
The Media wrongful death attorneys of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias are skilled in handling these difficult matters. We represent the families of victims in Berks, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties with understanding and compassion. Your attorney will work hard to secure your financial future so that you may concentrate on caring for your family as you cope with your loss. Your lawyer will always take the time to answer your questions, discuss your concerns and personally return your phone calls.
If you believe that you have a wrongful death claim, please do not hesitate to contact us here at our Media offices. We are here to help restore your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. It is important to act promptly so that evidence can be preserved, investigation of the accident can start immediately, and a lawsuit can be filed prior to expiration of the Pennsylvania wrongful death statute of limitations.
The death of a family member, whether in a workplace accident or as the result of an illness caused by occupational hazards, is one of the most horrific events a family can face. No amount of money will ever come close to compensating your family for the loss of a loved one due to a fatal accident at work. The pain and loss associated with a sudden death after an injury at work can leave a family feeling lost, angry and confused. A Workers’ Compensation claim is one way a family can seek assistance from the deceased family member’s employer.
The Media, PA Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias represent families in fatal work accident claims against employers. Our lawyers can help secure benefits and money damages to replace a loved one’s lost income and secure your financial future. In some cases the actual employer is not at fault for a fatal accident on the job, but the employee’s death happens at work because of defective equipment manufactured or installed by a third party. Whether or not an employer is at fault, family members may still be entitled to Workers’ Compensation survivor benefits.
Our Attorneys will Protect Your Family’s Interests in This Time of Tragedy
Our Media PA Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias have the best interests of the grieving family in mind, and we will protect your rights in obtaining the money damages to which you are entitled. We represent the families of those who were tragically killed in work-related accidents or as the result of occupational disease. While nothing can ever bring back a lost family member, hiring an experienced Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation attorney can help you obtain the monetary compensation that your family needs and deserves.
Our Delaware County attorneys blend substantial legal experience with a unique perspective of the insurance industry to provide confident representation to people dealing with the loss of a loved one, whether in Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Chester County, or anywhere across the state. Call today for a free consultation with an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney at (484) 679-5239 or contact us online.
Nothing can replace your loss, but at the Delaware County personal injury law firm of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias we will support you in enduring this tragedy, and we will pursue financial compensation for your loved one’s surviving dependents. Call (484) 679-5239 or contact us online for your free legal consultation.