How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

Has your loved oned died as a result of someone else’s negligent actions? If so, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Every day, dozens of people end up losing their loved ones. Those who have died because of another party’s irresponsible behaviour are “taken away from you”, and their death is thus wrongful.

In order to file a claim, you have to be sure that you are eligible. To find out, speak with Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys as soon as you are able to; call Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. at any time, and ask for a free consultation with available attorneys.

Be sure to do it quickly, as you are on the clock. There is a certain deadline that you have to meet, otherwise, you risk losing your compensation. Here is everything you need to know about a wrongful death claim and the time you have to file a lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

The Statute of Limitations

According to the Pennsylvania laws, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is no longer than two years since the moment the deceased passed away. This means that you, or another eligible family member, must bring the claim within a given time. Otherwise, you will lose any right to seek compensation for the loss of a loved one.

In some specific cases, the deadline could be extended. To be sure that those rules apply in your case, you should consult with your attorney.

Eligible Family Members

When a loved one dies, as a result of wrongful death, it will be hard on the entire family. However, the closest family member has the obligation and the right to bring a wrongful death claim.

Usually, the eligible family members are:

  • A spouse
  • A partner
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents

In some rare cases, where the deceased had neither a spouse or children, no living parents or grandparents, other (distant) family members could bring the claim. These family members are usually cousins or the closest living relative.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If the claim is successful, the family of the deceased will be compensated for the following:

  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of parenthood
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of the deceased’s earning potential
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • The deceased’s medical costs prior to their death
  • Emotional suffering

For more information, feel free to consult with wrongful death attorneys in Philadelphia. Give them a call, and they will help provide you with any information you require.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Once you are done with the funeral, and once you and your family have taken some time off to mourn the passing of your loved one, give them a call. Attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. will collect all the documents and help you file a wrongful death claim in a timely manner. After that is done, all you have to do is wait for the claim to be approved by the court (it may take up to two years for you to receive the answer).