With the passing of Labor Day, it's the unofficial end of summer. While summer may be nearly over, the events of this summer could affect the rest of a person's life. This is because every summer, Berks families and other Pennsylvania area families experience boating accidents. Some prove to be fatal.
There is no question that the sudden loss of a loved one is one of life's most challenging moments. You've love a person that is important to you and your family, and life will never be the same with them gone. Beyond the emotional stress, there is also more that a person may have lost when a loved one passes away in a fatal accident. That's why there is the option to seek a wrongful death suit, if negligence is suspected in their untimely death.
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.
It's one thing when a loved one dies after being hospitalized or treated by a doctor. That happens all the time, unfortunately. It's another thing altogether when the death is suspected to have been caused by the hospital or the doctor. If a patient is injured due to the negligence of a hospital or doctor, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim. If the patient dies, the family may have a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim for damages is an important resource for surviving family members who have wrongfully lost a loved one in an act caused by another person's negligence. A wrongful death claim is brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members and can help with the financial challenges they may face following the unexpected loss of a loved one.
People in Berks County have probably heard horror stories about doctors who wouldn't take their patients' concerns seriously, with nearly catastrophic consequences for the patients. Tennis superstar Serena Williams's bad experience after giving birth is probably the best-known example. Unfortunately, a jury here in Pennsylvania has found that doctors' refusal to take a mother's concerns seriously had deadly consequences for the mother's newborn baby.
Memorial Day has come and gone; that means summer has unofficially started here in Pennsylvania. As the weather heats up and school lets out, more people will be spending serious time at swimming pools and beaches. Unfortunately, drowning is always a possibility whenever people spend time near large bodies of water.
With warmer weather arriving comes all sorts of fun summer activities for you and your family to participate in. When around a body of water, it's important to be cautious as accidental drowning can happen to kids or adults alike. Some bodies of water, like pools or public beaches for instance, may have life guards on duty or some other level to protect those in the water from drowning. Other locations may just owe a duty or a liability to their visitors.
Bad drivers are a danger to everyone else on Pennsylvania's roads. What's sometimes forgotten is that bad drivers can be a danger even to people who are not on the roads themselves, but are pedestrians or even inside their homes. This danger was brought home to people about a month ago in one Pennsylvania community.
It's spring in Berks County, and everyone knows that warm weather is right around the corner. As things start to heat up, people will be spending more and more time at pools and beaches. Unfortunately, whenever people spend time near water, drowning is a possibility. Whenever a drowning can be attributed to the negligence of another party, that party may face a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of the victim.