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Wrongful Death

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Who Can Bring A Claim Under Pennsylvania’s Wrongful Death Statutes?


A wrongful death claim in Pennsylvania can be filed by anyone who has a legal right to do so under the Pennsylvania wrongful death statute, and that includes the spouse of the decedent, any dependent children of the deceased, parents of the deceased or adult children of the decedent. Included in this group is also the administrator or executor of the estate of the deceased person.

What Kinds Of Damages Can Be Recovered In A Wrongful Death Claim?


Under our statute here in Pennsylvania, damages are awarded for the present value of probable contributions the deceased would have made to the survivors had the deceased lived, and for the pecuniary value of the services the decedent would have rendered to the survivors. In plain English, this usually means the amount of money the deceased would have earned and contributed to survivors. For minors, this includes the value of a parent's training, guidance, nurture and education. Further, recovery is allowed for medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and the amount of the probable inheritance the deceased would have left to the survivors, by either will or intestate succession, had the decedent lived out his normal life span.

The Difference That An Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney Makes


Our team approach ensures that you have the most effective and experienced attorney for the job working on each aspect of your wrongful death case, and that multiple legal professionals will review each of the various facets of your case. After the evidence of your case is collected, our specialized team will work to successfully communicate that evidence to jurors clearly using the latest technology.


Tell Us About The Tragedy That Has Resulted In A Loved One Being Taken Away


Forget lawyerly personal injury phrases like "no-obligation consultation." We want to sit down and listen to your story. Together, we can frankly discuss your options and form a plan that guides your case through an optimal course of action. In a matter of seconds, your life was turned upside-down because of the negligence of someone else. Although there is nothing we can do to reverse what has happened to you, we can fight for your justice, your fair compensation and a better future.

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At Royce Smith LLC, we have attained the highest ratings and awards in the country as trial lawyers. We have handled hundreds of injury and severe injury cases and resolved them favorably for our clients.