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Wrongful Death

Families who have suddenly and unexpectedly lost loved ones face extended periods of grief. In the aftermath of such a death, they will also face significant financial hardships.

When a loved one’s death is the result of another party’s negligence, legal action is not the next step in the recovery process that most people want to take. However, it is important to understand that the immediate families of people killed in accidents or other acts of negligence only have a limited amount of time to seek compensation.

West Chester Wrongful Death Lawyer

If your loved one died as a result of another party’s negligence, you should contact Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys work as a team and handle these claims so families can take the time they need to grieve, and we will go to great lengths to reduce or eliminate stress for our clients in these cases.

The needs of our clients always come first, and we provide legal representation on a contingency basis so the people we represent do not pay us anything unless earn them a monetary award. It is our goal to provide extremely personalized care and keep you fully informed at all stages of your case.

Our firm helps families throughout Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, and Lancaster County. We can provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, no obligation consultation when you call (610) 719-3190 today.

Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Information Center

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Causes of Wrongful Death in Chester County

Several acts of negligence may be legal grounds for this type of lawsuit. Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Homicide
  • Auto Accidents
  • DUI Accidents
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Dog Attacks
  • Restaurant Food Poisoning

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Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Beneficiaries

Under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 42 § 8301(b), the right to recover damages for the death of an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect or unlawful violence or negligence of another exists only for the benefit of the following relatives of the deceased:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents

It does not matter whether any of these parties are residents of Pennsylvania. If none of the parties listed above are eligible to recover damages, then the personal representative of the deceased may be eligible to bring an action to recover damages under Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Title 42 § 8301(d).

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Damages in Chester County Wrongful Death Actions

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 42 § 8301(c) entitles these parties to recover, in addition to other types of damages, the following damages:

  • Hospital expenses
  • Nursing expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Expenses of administration necessitated by reason of injuries causing death

Any damages recovered are distributed to the beneficiaries in proportion to their shares of the deceased’s personal estate and without liability to creditors of the deceased. If the spouse, the children, and the parents of the deceased are all ineligible to recover damages, then the personal representative of the deceased may recover those damages.

Some of the other types of damages that may be recovered by the spouse, the children, and the parents of the deceased include contributions, support, services, and comfort the deceased would have provided. Additionally, these parties can also file a survival action that would entitle them to damages for their loved one’s lost wages and pain and suffering.

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Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Resources

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Valley Forge Chapter — This chapter of the national nonprofit, self-help support organization offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There are six neighboring chapters in Lancaster, Pottstown, West Grove, and three in Philadelphia.

12 Brook Circle
Glenmoore PA 19343
(484) 919-0820

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Find the Best Wrongful Death Lawyer in West Chester

Was your loved one killed by another party’s negligence? You should seek the help of an experienced Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney who can hold the negligent party accountable.

Ciccarelli Law Offices files these claims for Chester County families, and our firm serves West Chester, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, and Lancaster. Call (610) 719-3190 to set up a free consultation that will let us review your case.