The death of a loved one is difficult enough to endure when the death is due to natural causes and comes at the end of a long and well-lived life. When the death is caused by an intentional act, someone’s negligence or recklessness, or a defective product, however, disbelief and anger can make an already heartbreaking situation even worse. Wrongful death caused by careless individuals or entities or dangerous products that should never have been allowed to reach the public demands justice from those responsible. Medical bills, funeral, and other expenses related to a death can be well beyond a family’s ability to afford. Wrongful death actions can not only help such families with these expenses and others during their time of overwhelming grief, but they can also help families achieve a measure of satisfaction in knowing that those responsible for a loved one’s death have been held accountable for their actions. Wrongful Death Lawyer Philadelphia firm Killino provides aggressive litigation for Wrongful death victims. Millions of dollars have been collected in judgments by Killino firm over the years!
The Killino Firm’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrongful death attorneys have extensive experience with all types of personal injury and wrongful death actions, including those arising out of accidents caused by someone’s negligence or a defective product. If your family member has died as a result of an accident or injury and you suspect that the death was due to medical malpractice, someone’s negligence, or a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of your loved one’s death through the institution of a wrongful death action. The Killino Firm will handle your case with expertise, compassion, and respect. Contact The Killino Firm at 877-875-2927 for a free evaluation of your case and to learn more about your legal options.
Legal Liability for Wrongful Deaths
Legal actions brought to recover damages for the wrongful death of another, known as wrongful death actions, are governed by the law of the state in which the action is filed. Most states have enacted Wrongful Death Statutes that list the persons allowed to file wrongful death actions in the particular state.
Persons Allowed to File Wrongful Death Actions
Though wrongful death laws vary somewhat from one state to another, most states allow close relatives of a deceased victim to seek damages suffered by those relatives as a result of the victim’s death. For example, under all states’ wrongful death laws, the spouse of a deceased adult victim may be able to file for and recover damages suffered by the spouse as a result of the adult victim’s death. The parents of a deceased minor child victim may also be allowed to seek damages for the child’s death under all states’ wrongful death laws. In some states, the grandparents and siblings of a deceased minor child may also be allowed to recover compensation for the victim’s death.
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Bases for Wrongful Death Actions
Wrongful death actions allow for the recovery of damages suffered as a result of deaths caused by defective products or by negligent or intentional acts. If someone’s spouse or minor child, for example, was murdered or died as a result of another’s intentional physical abuse (even if the abuse was not intended to kill), the spouse or parents may be entitled to recover damages suffered by the spouse or parents as a result of the victim’s death.
Wrongful death actions may also be filed when a close family member has died due to medical malpractice or negligence. This can occur during surgery on an adult or child, for example, through negligent management of a woman’s pregnancy or the birth of her child, or through the failure of a physician to diagnose an illness or condition that would likely not have caused the victim’s death if it had been discovered and treated in time.
Wrongful death actions may also be filed against the owners, managers, and/or maintainers of premises (land or buildings) if a deceased victim’s death was caused by a dangerous condition that was allowed to exist on the premises through the negligence of such defendants. The success of a wrongful death action against such defendants may depend, in part, upon the premises liability law of the state in which the action is filed.
Wrongful death actions are often brought to recover damages suffered by a deceased victim’s family when the death was caused by a defective product. Though product liability law also varies somewhat from state to state, most states allow such actions to be brought against the manufacturer, designer, supplier, assembler, and retailer of defective products that have caused a victim’s wrongful death.
Damages Recoverable in Wrongful Death Actions
Wrongful death actions are brought to recover damages suffered by the deceased victim’s survivors as a result of the victim’s death rather than those suffered by the deceased victim. These may include medical and funeral expenses of the decedent that were paid by the decedent’s survivors, compensation for the pain and suffering endured by the survivors as a result of the victim’s death, and, in some cases, the loss of financial support that a survivor (a spouse, for example) would likely have received if the deceased victim had survived the accident or intentional act that resulted in his or her death.
In some cases, a defendant whose negligence or intentional act caused a victim’s wrongful death may be required to pay punitive as well as compensatory damages. While compensatory damages compensate a plaintiff for actual losses, punitive damages punish a defendant for acts that have resulted in another’s death.
If one of your family members has died as a result of a defective product or someone’s negligent or intentional act, The Killino Firm Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wrongful death attorneys can guide you through the process of seeking damages for the pain you and your family have suffered and help you obtain justice from those responsible for your family member’s death. Contact us at 877-875-2927 for expert and compassionate assistance with your case.