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When is a car accident grounds for a wrongful death claim?

A fatal accident can change your Pennsylvania family in an instant. The unexpected loss of a loved one can lead to emotional trauma and financial repercussions that can last for years, even decades. In the turmoil, confusion and grief that can follow this type of accident, some families overlook their rights to seek recompense through a civil claim.

If you are grieving the loss of a family member that happened because of the actions of another person, you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim. While this cannot reverse what happened, it could provide your family a way to recover financial losses and move on with your lives. If you think you may have a case, you have no time to lose in learning more about this potential opportunity.

Standard of care may play role in medical malpractice cases

When you have a medical condition that needs attention, you may know far enough ahead of time to research which physicians may have the best reputations for carrying out the procedure you need. By doing this, you may feel more confident that any surgery or other medical treatment will go successfully. However, even the best doctors could make serious errors or act negligently.

You may have had the expectation that your doctor would do his or her part to ensure that the outcomes of your medical procedure are the best possible. However, you may find yourself among the numerous individuals who fall victim to medical malpractice and suffer serious negative outcomes. If you wish to pursue a claim against your physician, you may need to determine whether he or she followed the proper standard of care.

A driver doesn't have to be legally drunk to be dangerous

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,497 people across the country died in crashes involving a driver impaired by alcohol in 2016. The odds are good that at least some of those victims died here on Pennsylvania roads.

The majority of those deaths involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration at or above .08. You might be surprised to know that 2,017 of those deaths involved a driver with a BAC between .01 and .07. That's because BAC does not have to reach the legal limit for intoxication in order to make driving unsafe.

Not all brain injury symptoms are immediately apparent

The day you were involved in a serious car accident in Pennsylvania may have started out like any other day. Perhaps you were driving your children to school or were on your way to a business meeting. You are a cautious driver and were alert and ready to react behind the wheel as needed. However, when the vehicle across the intersection from you blew through a red light, you were not expecting the sudden, horrific collision that occurred.

A few moments later, you were actually surprised you were still alive. This is a common feeling among those who suffer injuries in sudden vehicle accidents. Some of your injuries were obvious, such as the lacerations on your face and head and the signs of a broken bone in your arm. Thankfully, rescue workers were on the scene in no time and you were transported to the nearest hospital for care. Since then, you have developed other symptoms that may be signs of a more serious problem: traumatic brain injury.

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