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Who is able to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

One unfortunate fact of life in Pennsylvania is that no one lives forever. Everyone will pass away at some point in time. The hope is obviously that people are able to live long, full lives and simply pass away in their sleep of old age. While many do pass away in this fashion, many others are not as lucky. There are many people who die relatively young due to an illness or disease or are the victims of fatal accidents. These unexpected deaths can be extremely devastating for the family and friends of the victims.

These unexpected deaths are not only devastating emotionally, but can also be devastating financially. The victims of these accidents may have earned the primary income for the family and trying to replace that income can be very difficult. Also, the victims may have done many things that were taken for granted while they were alive that families sorely miss when they are gone, such has doing different chores and projects or simply transporting the kids to different things.

The families of the victims may be entitled to compensation in these types of situations though, which can help with the financial difficulties of their passing. However, in order to receive this compensation, they must start a wrongful death lawsuit. These cannot be started by just any family member though. The personal representative of the victim's estate must start the lawsuit.

There is one exception to this though. If the personal representative has not started a lawsuit within six months of the death, then any person who could receive compensation can start it.

Losing a loved one in Pennsylvania is never easy. However, it can be especially devastating when the loved one dies suddenly leaving the family no time to prepare for the death. These family members can be left in an extremely difficult position both emotionally and financially. However, they may be entitled to compensation depending on who caused the death. These can be complicated matters though and it is important to understand the law to ensure the family is compensated properly.

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