Death and Loss Cases
The loss of a loved one is always a terrible experience, and is often accompanied by emotional distress, financial uncertainty and numerous costs. The tragedy is even greater when your loved one loses his or her life in a senseless or preventable collision. If the carelessness or recklessness of someone else resulted in such a fatality, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. Of course, no amount of money can truly make up for your loss – but it may help dispel your financial distress and enable you to focus your energy on grieving.
If you have recently lost a loved one due to negligence, the Valley Forge and Harrisburg wrongful death lawyers of Graham & Mauer, P.C. can help you take the next step.
About Wrongful Death
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collisions and unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death among individuals in the United States, and they are the number one leading cause of death among those aged 44 and under. Included in this category are most types of personal injury collisions, such as car crashes, truck collisions, motorcycle collisions and slip and fall collisions.
Who Can File a Claim for Wrongful Death in Pennsylvania?
In Pennsylvania, you are legally eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit only if you are an immediate family member such as a parent, a spouse or a biological or adopted child. On certain occasions, however, if the only survivors are minors, the court may appoint a legal guardian or custodian who can file a wrongful death suit on behalf of the minor child. Any beneficiaries, including collateral relatives such as siblings and cousins, may be entitled to damages.
If you are unsure of your standing as a family member or beneficiary, the Valley Forge and Harrisburg PA wrongful death attorneys of Graham & Mauer can help determine your eligibility.
What Damages Am I Entitled To?
Depending on your relationship with the deceased, you may be entitled to any of the following damages if your wrongful death case is successful:
- The estimated net income of the deceased, including insurance benefits or inheritance
- Payment of funeral and burial costs
- Compensation for loss of companionship and mental anguish
- Conscious pain and suffering (in cases of gross negligence)
Call Graham & Mauer Today – a PA Wrongful Death Attorney Serving Harrisburg and Valley Forge Is Here for You
When your loved one suffers a fatal injury due to negligence, the lawyers of Graham & Mauer, P.C. understand that you deserve compensation. With locations in Valley Forge and Harrisburg, personal injury attorneys from our practice are easily accessible to clients throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania. Call us toll-free today at 610-933-3333 for a free phone consultation, or contact us online.