Wrongful Death Lawyers PA

Tragedy may strike as a result of medical malpractice, a workplace injury, a catastrophic traffic accident or numerous other circumstances. Every wrongful death case is unique, and our law firm is here to fight for the compensation that you deserve. 

You and your family may be entitled to compensation for the injury sustained by your family member. We represent spouses, children, parents and other dependents in cases where the intentional, careless or reckless acts of another person have caused a family tragedy. Surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for their economic and emotional injuries in some circumstances. A wrongful death claim brought via a lawsuit in the judicial system is the appropriate means to seek compensation for your family’s loss. 

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How Wrongful Deaths Occur

All wrongful deaths stem from terrible tragedies — the “wrongful” element often stems from their preventable causes. At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, we have extensive experience in litigating all of the common errors associated with wrongful death cases, helping loved ones who have been hurt by their consequences to achieve some form of compensation and closure.

Wrongful deaths are often caused by:

  • Birth injuries: When healthcare workers don’t appropriately diagnose, monitor and order appropriate medical interventions for at-risk mothers and babies, the results can be catastrophic — in the worst cases, ending in a loss of life for one or both.
  • Dangerous drugs and medical devices: When the medications and interventions that people rely on for their health and wellbeing malfunction, the results can be catastrophic.
  • Defective products: Defective products — ranging from malfunctioning fire alarms to unsafe toys to faulty auto parts — kill nearly 22,000 Americans per year.
  • Medical malpractice: People put their faith in hospitals and doctors to make the right decisions and issue the right treatment orders when they are in crisis, but sometimes negligence and malpractice cause preventable injury.
  • Nursing home malpractice: 5,000 nursing home residents are estimated to die annually due to abuse or neglect.
  • Premises liability and negligent security: From slip, trip and fall accidents to falling objects, poorly maintained premises can lead to unexpected tragedy.
  • Work-related injuries: Workplace injuries often come down to tragic negligence on the part of employers, property owners and equipment manufacturers — it’s no coincidence that many of the most common causes of workplace deaths are also the most frequently cited safety violations.
  • Vehicle accidents: Car, truck, motorcycle and train accidents all take their share of lives — and many of these accidents are the result of defective equipment, negligence and unsafe conditions.  

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Past Wrongful Death Settlements

McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt has been at the winning end of over $200 million in person injury settlements in the past 30 years. The following wrongful death verdicts are selected from a variety of causes:

  • $2 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 55-year-old man who was misdiagnosed with gastritis (stomach irritation) at the emergency room and died overnight at home.
  • $1.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a patient who died after the urologist failed to diagnose bladder cancer.
  • $2.9 million settlement for the survivors of a woman killed by a truck wheel that struck her vehicle after the driver of the truck failed to properly perform a pre-trip certification and inspection of the wheels.
  • $2.5 million settlement for a railroad track worker struck by an oncoming train and immediately killed.

Your Rights as a Relative

As a result of the tragedy, we understand that you may have a variety of financial concerns. You may incur a variety of expenses as a result of your family member’s death, from medical bills to funeral expenses. You may also be suffering from the lost wages of your family member. 

Family of those lost in wrongful death cases — including spouses, children, parents, grandparents and legal guardians — may be able to file wrongful death lawsuits, depending on state rules and individual circumstance. These lawsuits should make considerations for:

  • Medical and funeral costs
  • Lost earnings and benefits of the deceased
  • Loss of care and companionship
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Loss of security for the deceased’s dependents
  • Punitive damages

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When to Consult with an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney

We represent all wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis — there is no attorney fee unless you recover. Unfortunately, we cannot bring your family member back. But we can fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. 

In cases of wrongful death, the best course of action is to consult with skilled attorneys like those at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt as soon as possible. Although filing suit may seem like a secondary concern when dealing with a loved one’s death, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York law all state that wrongful death cases must be filed within two years from the death date with a few exceptions — other states set their statutes of limitations as short as one year for such cases.

To speak to a McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorney about our experience in wrongful death cases, as well as get a free initial case evaluation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.