The calendar year is almost over and soon Pennsylvania residents will begin preparing to celebrate the incoming of 2018. While most will ring in the New Year with people that they love, some will quietly suffer the losses of loved ones that they endured over the course of 2017. While death is a natural part of life for all individuals, accidental and wrongful deaths are especially hard for survivors to cope with.
This is because these deaths are often preventable and often rob healthy and vibrant individuals of the chance to grow old. Wrongful deaths can happen in a variety of manners and through different sets of circumstance, such as through vehicle accidents and workplace incidents, medical malpractice scenarios and accidents on other people's property. What these and other situations have in common is that they are generally caused by the negligence or recklessness of other people.
Negligence forms the basis of many wrongful death claims. Wrongful death claims are civil actions that, if successful, may provide certain relatives of deceased individuals with financial support to move their lives forward in the wake of a tragic loss. The right of a survivor to pursue a wrongful death action does not last forever, as the state's statute of limitation cuts off such actions after a period of years.
The Law Firm of Leisawitz Heller is available for consultation with families who lost loved ones to accidental and negligence-based incidents in 2017. These victims are encouraged to learn more about their rights to determine if legal action through wrongful death causes of action would serve their interests as they move into the new calendar year.