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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.

How can you know if you have a case?

Losing a loved one in an accident is terrible and traumatic, but it is not always grounds for a civil claim. There must be certain elements present, and if they are, you could have a valid reason to pursue restitution for what your family went through. You may have a case if you have evidence and documentation of the following:

  • The death of a loved one in an accident
  • The fatality was the result of the negligence or reckless actions of another party
  • The death is the source of significant financial suffering experienced by your family

In order to move forward with your claim, your family must appoint one person to act as the representative of the estate. If the elements of a wrongful death claim are present and there is a designated representative, you could have a clear claim to financial compensation. You may find that a complete evaluation of your case can help you understand your legal options and your right to seek a legal remedy after a fatal accident.

Fighting on behalf of your family

If your family lost a loved one in an accident, it is beneficial to act quickly to learn more about your legal options. Seeking an explanation of your rights and choices can help you make decisions that will be beneficial for your family during this difficult time.

It is impossible to reverse what happened, but there are ways you can minimize the negative impact of your loss. You may be able to recover the financial losses you experienced related to funeral expenses, medical bills, lost income from the deceased and more.

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