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What damages may be available in a wrongful death suit?

Whenever a person in Pennsylvania is killed as the result of the wrongful act of another, it may be possible for the victim's family to recover from the responsible party by means of a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death suits are a relatively recent development. Before the Keystone State enacted its Wrongful Death Act and its Survival Act, survivors had a difficult time recovering for the loss of their loved ones. The Wrongful Death Act and the Survival Act lay out the kinds of damages that may be available in a wrongful death suit. This blog post will give a brief rundown of these possible damages.

Boating while intoxicated and Pennsylvania law

Everyone knows that Pennsylvania has laws that prohibit driving while intoxicated. But, did you know that the Keystone State also outlaws boating while intoxicated? Like DWI convictions, a boating while intoxicated conviction can have a severe legal and financial impact on violators. And, like DWI, boating while intoxicated can be the basis of civil liability for a person who hurts another person while operating under the influence.

What are the major causes of fatal boating accidents?

As summer draws to a close, many Berks County residents will want to get a bit more boating time in before winter sets in in earnest. Whether it's fishing or some other form of recreation, boating can be fun and a great way to spend some time. But, if something goes wrong, the fun can end in a hurry. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2015 there were 4,158 boating accidents in the United States. These accidents resulted in 2,613 injuries, 626 fatalities and $42 million in property damage.

Understanding the basics of a wrongful death action

The loss of a loved one is an event that never gets easier to process. No matter your age or the age of your loved one, this is a difficult time that can exude many emotions. This event can be further challenging if a loved ones was suddenly killed by the negligence of another. It can be difficult to accept that such carelessness could suddenly alter your life; however, surviving family members should understand that they have rights afforded to them following the wrongful death of a loved one.

The loss of a loved one by drowning may be legally actionable

Even though the end of summer is fast approaching, there should still be opportunities for Pennsylvania residents to spend time at swimming pools and other outdoor swimming facilities. Even when it isn't summer, indoor pools beckon those looking for exercise and recreation. Although it's unpleasant to think about, sometimes tragedies happen at swimming facilities. Our readers need to know about the legal remedies that may be available to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one by drowning.

Parents file wrongful death lawsuit after son's drowning death

Families in Pennsylvania often beat the summer heat with a trip to their favorite water park. Waterslides, lazy rivers and wave pools are all attractive options for fun in the sun. However, it is important to keep in mind that, if appropriate actions are not taken, accidents in swimming pools can occur, sometimes resulting in deaths.

A brief summary of the law of wrongful death and its application

Whenever a person dies as a result of the negligent act of another party, that person's family may have a wrongful death claim against the allegedly negligent party. Wrongful death seems pretty straightforward, yet it is a legal standard, meaning that Pennsylvania judges will weigh the legal merits of a wrongful death case when hearing cases and making rulings.

Pennsylvania families deserve answers in cases of wrongful death

Anyone in Pennsylvania who has lost a spouse, child or other family member knows how difficult the loss of a loved one can be. Very often, people in this situation want answers. This is especially true when the death is the result of another person's negligence. People want answers, but very often other people are not interested in providing them.

Murder suspect faces wrongful death lawsuit from victim's estate

Most Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuits stem from accidents, but a recent case filed in Lehigh County is based on an intentional act: the alleged murder of a woman by one of her co-workers. The victim's estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged murderer to recover damages for emotional suffering on the part of the victim's son.

Demi Moore faces wrongful death suit over swimming pool drowning

No one in Reading would be surprised to learn that movie star Demi Moore has a swimming pool at her home in Los Angeles. The most recent news about Moore and the pool might, however, shock a lot of people. The actress has been sued in a wrongful death action claiming that her pool caused the drowning death of a young man while she was out of town.

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