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Statute of limitations for starting a wrongful death lawsuit

Unfortunately one fact of life in Pennsylvania is that at some point in time everyone will pass away. However, there are many different ways that will happen. Some people live very long lives and live past 100 before passing away. Many others die suddenly in fatal accidents at young ages. Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially difficult when the family and friends of the victim had no time to prepare for the death.

Losing a loved one at an old age is difficult, but at least the family has some time to prepare for losing the person. Fatal accidents do not afford people the same time to prepare. Also, when the person is younger, they often times have family members who rely on them for support both emotionally and financially. This can be very hard to replace especially with no time to prepare.

The family of the victim in these cases may be entitled to compensation for their loss though depending on who caused the accident. If it was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, the victim's family may be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. However, these lawsuits must be started relatively quickly. The family only has two years after the death to file the lawsuit. If they fail to do so within the two years, they may not be able to ever receive the compensation.

There are many fatal accidents in Pennsylvania every year caused by the negligence of others. These are very devastating for the family of the victim and can leave them in a difficult situation both emotionally and financially. While compensation may not fill the emotional void, it can still be very beneficial for the family. Our firm understands this devastation and may be able to help guide one through the process

Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly, "Pennsylvania Statute Chapter 42 section 5524" accessed on March 7, 2017

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