At The Colleran Firm, we have helped numerous families deal with the financial and legal issues that arise after losing a loved one in a fatal accident. Our compassionate, knowledgeable attorneys understand that your family has suffered a great loss and that no amount of money can fill that loss. However, you may have understandable concerns and questions about how you will pay the household bills and maintain financial stability if your loved one helped support the family. We will listen to your concerns and provide guidance. You may be entitled to seek compensation to help cover your bills if your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another.
If your family has lost a loved one in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, call The Colleran Firm for trusted legal guidance in difficult times. Our wrongful death attorneys have the experience to pursue the maximum compensation on behalf of families who have lost loved ones in accidental deaths. The legal team at The Colleran Firm has more than a century of combined legal experience and a record of success. As a family of attorneys, we understand the importance of taking care of families. We have secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts
in cases involving personal injuries and wrongful deaths in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Let us review the facts of your loved one’s fatal accident. We will provide a perspective informed by decades of experience about whether your family has a valid wrongful death claim.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Doctors and other health care providers in Pennsylvania have a legal responsibility to follow the recognized standard of care when treating patients. When a doctor or hospital fails to follow the standard of care and a patient dies as a result, the health care provider may be liable for medical negligence.
Fatal crashes involving cars, trucks and other vehicles are the basis of many wrongful death lawsuits in Pennsylvania. Families who have lost a loved one in a crash may hold accountable a negligent driver who runs a traffic light, drives drunk, falls asleep at the wheel or drives distracted. The employer of a commercial truck driver also may be held responsible for the employee’s actions if the driver caused a fatal crash.
The manufacturer of a defectively designed medical device, a dangerous prescription drug, an unsafe car or any consumer product may be liable for the fatal injury resulting from a faulty product design, manufacturing defect or the manufacturer’s failure to warn of known hazards of a product. A family that brings a wrongful death lawsuit about an unsafe product may focus attention on a problem and prevent other families from suffering similar harm.
Property owners and businesses in Pennsylvania have a legal duty to take reasonable safety precautions to prevent injury to their customers and guests. If a property owner or manager fails to fix a recognized hazardous condition or fails to give adequate warning, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that result. Failing to secure the premises properly, failing to clean up or remove hazards and negligent maintenance are common scenarios that may serve as the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Our attorneys are ready to investigate your loved one’s death and pursue a claim for the family under the Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Act. The family members who are eligible to receive compensation under the Wrongful Death Act are the surviving spouse, children or parents.
Fatal injury lawsuits are intended to provide compensation to surviving family members for their losses. You may recover compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, the loss of a loved one’s future earnings, the loss of companionship of your loved one and compensation to children for the loss of parenting and guidance.
If your loved one had filed a personal injury lawsuit and later died of injuries, then a representative of your deceased loved one’s estate may pursue a Survival Claim. In claims involving negligence, the estate may seek damages for pain and suffering endured by your loved one before his or her death and loss of future earnings.
There are certain complications with wrongful death claims and survival action claims. Wrongful death lawsuits typically involve complicated projections of future lifetime earnings and calculations of economic damages. It is important to work with a law firm that has handled many of these cases.
If a wrongful death lawsuit or survival claim is settled out of court before a jury reaches a verdict, the settlement must be review by the appropriate court and approval obtained. Attorney Teresa Colleran Quinn of The Colleran Firm has tremendously vast experience handling petitions for court approval of wrongful death settlements in counties throughout Pennsylvania. Our attorneys at The Colleran Firm have the experience you need to provide trusted legal guidance during a difficult time.
Help From a Pennsylvania Fatal Accident Lawyer
You may feel overwhelmed with grief and questions about how to move forward after a loved one’s unexpected death. Trying to answer legal questions on your own while dealing with your loved one’s loss is nearly impossible. It is helpful to have a wrongful death attorney who knows what you and your family are going through from having helped many families in similar situations. Let us review the specific facts about your loved one’s death and offer our honest opinion about whether we can help you.
If you have questions about your loved one’s death, speak to a compassionate attorney about the situation and your legal options.