If you have lost a loved one, talk to a Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer. At Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, we do things differently. See how we can help you by calling 215-274-0173 or messaging one of our injury attorneys now.
Attorneys Handling Wrongful Death Claims in Philadelphia
At Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers, we are lawyers handling wrongful death claims in Philadelphia. We take the time to get to know you and the circumstances that brought you to our offices. By fully understanding your situation, we can effectively advocate for you.
You need lawyers who will:
- Give you honest information
- Answer questions
- Represent you
- Work aggressively on your case, with your success in mind
You can expect outstanding legal service from our team.
We’re different from your typical law firm. We know that representing you when you have lost a loved one is a serious responsibility. Getting justice and fair financial compensation following the death of a family member is so important.
See why thousands of victims and families have relied on the Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers to help them in life’s darkest times. Our team is here to advocate for you.
Contact us now for a free consultation and discussion with one of our wrongful death lawyers.
Serving Philadelphia families who have lost a loved one
If you are a:
Of the deceased person, you may benefit from a wrongful death case. Additionally, if you are the personal representative of the deceased victim, you may bring a claim either for the benefit of qualified family members or for the estate as a survival action.
If you are a family member or the personal representative, we invite you to discuss the possibility of bringing a case with our lawyers.
About Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death case is a type of legal claim. It is a civil case, brought by the personal representatives or qualifying family. A successful case results in compensation for surviving family members.
What is the basis for a wrongful death case in Pennsylvania?
To put it simply, the basis for a wrongful death case is that the death is someone else’s fault. Legal standards that may be the basis for a wrongful death claim are:
- Wrongful act
- Neglect, or a failure to act when a reasonable person would
- Unlawful violence, including assault and battery or reckless acts
- Negligence, or a lack of reasonable care
A wrongful death case is a type of personal injury case. Similar legal standards apply to wrongful death claims that apply in injury claims.
Our lawyers will investigate facts and evaluate the legal standards. We will pursue every opportunity for you to receive justice.
What can I receive compensation for?
You may receive wrongful death compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of financial and personal support, and the anguish of losing a loved one.
The amount of a wrongful death claim may be significant. If you have lost a loved one, you should strongly consider how a wrongful death claim may help your family. Besides providing financial assistance, it can also honor your loved one, seek accountability, and even raise awareness to the circumstances leading to your loved one’s death.
Why Choose Our Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in Philadelphia?
When you are looking for legal help after losing a loved one, it can be hard to know what you are looking for. We may be right for you if you:
- Are you a family member who has lost a loved one
- Want to start your case with a free consultation and strategy session
- Prefer to pay for legal representation only when your lawyer gets results
- Think those responsible should be held accountable for their actions
- Are ready to start your case for compensation
The best way to know if our law firm is right for you is by getting to know us. Share your story and get answers to your questions. We understand that you are grieving. Let us guide you through the legal process while we honor your loved one by pursuing justice.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit FAQs
What is the Pennsylvania wrongful death law?
The Pennsylvania wrongful death law is 42 Pa. Stat. § 8301. Other laws and procedures may apply, too.
How long do you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Usually, you have two years from the person’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, there are circumstances where the deadline is longer or shorter.
For cases where the government is a defendant, the timeline is very short. To start your case before time runs out, you must file your first legal documents with the court. The case doesn’t have to be complete by the deadline, just started.
Who gets the money from a Philadelphia wrongful death lawsuit?
In Philadelphia, and throughout Pennsylvania, wrongful death proceeds are divided as though the victim had no will. It depends on who survived the victim and the respective relationships to the deceased.
- If a spouse only, parents only or children only, they receive the entire award. There are no other family members to share it with.
- When there is a surviving spouse and children in common, the spouse gets the first $30,000 and half of the rest. The surviving children split the remainder.
- For a spouse and children who are not in common with the deceased, the spouse receives 50%, and the children receive 50%.
- If there is a spouse and parents, the spouse gets the first $30,000 and half of the rest. The parents receive the rest.
The victim’s will still applies to their estate distribution.
Is the award subject to creditors?
A wrongful death judgment is not subject to the victim’s creditors.
Note: A survival award is subjected to creditor actions.
Location – Our Philadelphia Offices
We welcome you to our Philadelphia offices at 2005 Market Street, Suite 1920, Philadelphia, PA 19103. By car, take the interstate into the city to I-676 near Ben Franklin Parkway. Then drive south on 21st street to arrive at our location. There are several public parking lots nearby.
By trolley, use the number 13 SEPTA line to the 19th Street station. Walk two blocks when you arrive. By train/subway, the Market-Frankford line takes you to 15th Street. Broad Street and Market Street are other possibilities for train/subway lines. In addition, eight bus routes pass near our offices.
Counties we serve
Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers serves Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Our primary counties of focus are:
- Bucks County
- Chester County
- Delaware County
- Montgomery County
- Philadelphia County
We are proud to serve Philadelphia and the region in wrongful death representation.
Free Consultation – Start Today
A Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer at Gibbons Legal Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers is here to discuss your case with a free consultation. See how we may help you receive financial compensation, how much you might receive, and how to go about the claims process. Get answers to your questions and learn more about our legal services.