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Wrongful death suit can bring closure in Pennsylvania

When you lose a loved one because of another person's negligence or misdeeds, the overwhelming sense of loss can be unbearable. There is nothing you can do to make your life the same, and of course, no way to bring back your loved one. Once the grief has become less acute, though, you may begin wonder if there is some recourse to be had for the acts that resulted in your loved one's death.

Head-on fatalities plague Pennsylvania roads

A car accident is rarely a good thing. However, when vehicles crash into each other head-on, the consequences are often tragic. What's worse, head-on collisions are rarely accidents that could not otherwise have been avoided. There is almost always some external factor that contributes such crashes, which in the event of a fatality, can result in a wrongful death suit.

Brain injury leading cause of wrongful death in Pennsylvania

Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has linked traumatic brain injury to nearly a third of all deaths that occur from injuries. Thus workplace injuries, car accidents, or even intentional assaults that result in death often involve a brain injury. While its true that not all brain injuries are immediately fatal, even a mild TBI can be dangerous. In cases where an injury like a concussion goes undetected for a period of time, a secondary head trauma could have life-threatening consequences.

Two killed, 3 injured in workplace accident

When a worker is killed on the job, very often the worker's family will be eligible for workers' compensation death benefits. Depending on the circumstances, family members may also be able to file a claim against certain non-employer parties. This situation may exist at the site of a Pennsylvania crane accident where two men were killed on February 2.

Examine possible wrongful death claims in the New Year

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.

Liability for a fatal workplace accident in Pennsylvania

When a loved one in Pennsylvania is the victim of a fatal workplace accident, it is usually possible to file a workers' compensation claim. Is is also possible to recover damages from other parties? Sometimes it is. This blog post will describe certain kinds of construction injuries and whether parties other than the employer may be liable.

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.

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