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If you lost a loved one due to negligence in Scranton, a Scranton wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law can help you get justice for your family

Losing a loved one in a tragic accident due to the negligence or reckless actions of another can devastate an entire family. An unexpected death may bring emotional pain and suffering, as well as financial hardship. Don’t bear these burdens alone.  In this time of grief when the challenges seem overwhelming, we will be there for you and your family to help you get justice for your loved one.

Since 1959, people in the Scranton area have turned to Munley Law to protect their legal rights and hold negligent parties accountable. When you’ve lost someone you love, you need a lawyer you can trust to fight for you. We have earned a national reputation for our trial victories and our expertise in complex personal injury matters. Our attorneys have consistently been named among the Best Lawyers in America and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. Let our team of experienced, compassionate lawyers handle the legal work so that you can focus on what matters most to you.

If you suffered the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact Munley Law for a free consultation. We will answer your questions and help you determine where to go from here. Chat live, fill out our contact form, or call (855) 866-5529 today. There is no fee unless we win your case.

What is a wrongful death lawsuit?

wrongful death lawyer“Wrongful death” refers to a loss of life that results from another person or organization’s negligent action. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to hold the negligent party responsible for the harm they caused, and to recover damages for surviving family members. While no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death suit can alleviate some of the financial burdens families may face after an unexpected death, and provide future security. Holding the at-fault party accountable also helps ensure that similar tragedies don’t happen to someone else.

Wrongful Death Damages

Munley Law can help you get compensation to ease your financial strains during this difficult time. Damages may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning
  • Loss of support/protection
  • Other losses

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Immediate family members of the deceased victim may file a wrongful death suit. Depending on various state laws, other family members, such as stepparents, grandparents and dependents may also be eligible to file. If you are unsure whether or not you have a claim, we can answer your questions and help you understand your rights. Call a Munley Law wrongful death lawyer in Scranton today at (855) 866-5529 to learn more.

Types of wrongful death cases

Fatal Scranton Car Accidents

Statistics from the National Safety Council found that motor vehicle deaths were up 6% in 2016. Motor vehicle fatalities totaled 40,200.  The Scranton car accident lawyers at our firm have represented numerous families in Scranton and throughout Pennsylvania who lost a loved one in a fatal car accident. While defective auto parts or unsafe conditions contribute to many crashes, the most common factor by far is human error. If reckless driving behavior results in a fatal crash, we can help.  Our experienced attorneys have successfully recovered millions of dollars for victims of car, truck, motorcycle, bus, and bike accidents.

Munley Law won a $17.5 million verdict in a teens’ death caused by a car accident.

Fatal Scranton Truck Accidents

Large trucks, semi trucks and tractor-trailers pose a safety risk on Scranton area roads and highways. Due to the sheer size of these vehicles, an accident with a large truck can easily be fatal. Many fatal truck accidents result from driver or company negligence. Responsible parties in a fatal Scranton truck crash could include the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, parts manufacturer or those in charge of a roadway.

truck accident lawyerPursuing a Scranton wrongful death truck accident suit requires a high level of experience and understanding of the state and federal trucking regulations.  Most personal injury lawyers do not have the experience or in-depth knowledge of the trucking industry necessary to handle these complex cases. That’s where our firm is different. Each of our partners has 10-20 years of experience with commercial truck and tractor trailer accident cases.  Our truck accident lawyers have won numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we frequently travel around the U.S. to educate our fellow trial lawyers on trucking matters. There is no one more qualified to handle a fatal Scranton truck accident case. Call a Scranton wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law at (855) 866-5529 today.

Munley Law won a $3.97 million settlement for the family of a man killed in a tractor-trailer crash.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Scranton

If your loved one was hit and killed in Scranton by a car, truck, or bus, Munley Law can help you seek justice. Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious that can occur, because pedestrians are so incredibly vulnerable and unprotected against large vehicles. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that pedestrian fatalities rose by 11 percent in 2016 over 2015. This represented the largest year over year increase since record keeping began. It was the second year in a row that there was a spike in pedestrian deaths.

Munley Law won a $2 million settlement for the family of a woman killed in a pedestrian accident.

Fatal Scranton Workplace Accidents

In Scranton and the surrounding area, many people work in physically demanding or even dangerous jobs. Victims of workplace fatalities in Scranton often leave behind grieving families who face serious financial struggles. The United States Department of Labor reported that more than 4,500 workers die on the job each year. Munley Law Scranton wrongful death lawyers can work to relieve your financial burden during this sorrowful time. Our Scranton injury attorneys are experienced in handling many different workplace accident cases, including workplace illness and exposure to toxic chemicals, workplace vehicle accidents, industrial machine accidents, falls from heights, and more. Speak to a Scranton wrongful death lawyer at our firm today.

Munley Law won a $12 million verdict for a forklift accident victim who lost her leg.

Defective Product Fatalities

Our product liability and wrongful death lawyers represent Scranton area residents who lost loved ones to a malfunctioning or unsafe product. Dangerous prescription drugs, defective medical devices, recalled vehicles, faulty airbags, malfunctioning industrial equipment and even household products can result in serious injury or death. If your loved one died as the result of using a defective product, a manufacturer or distributor may be held responsible.

Munley Law won a $2 million settlement from a medical device manufacturer.

Medical Malpractice Fatalities

According to a report from Johns Hopkins University, as many as 250,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors. Common medical negligence that can result in death in a Scranton hospital or medical facility include surgical errors, prescription errors, anesthesia errors, misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis, birth injuries, radiology or lab errors and hospital infection. If a doctor, ER staff, nursing staff, lab technicians or another healthcare worker did not meet the medical standard of care, and their negligence led to the death of your loved one, you may have a wrongful death case. If you believe a loved one suffered a wrongful death due to medical malpractice, contact an experienced Scranton wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law today.

Munley Law won a $3.2 million jury verdict for a medical malpractice case, which caused a death.

A Scranton wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law is ready to fight for you

If your loved one died because of the negligent or reckless actions of another, you need to call a Scranton wrongful death lawyer now. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys have helped families pursue wrongful death claims in Scranton and throughout the northeast. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to fully investigate, identify the responsible party and build a winning case. While we understand no amount of money will ever make up for your loss, we can help ease your family’s financial burden. By holding the negligent parties responsible, we may also be able to prevent this same tragedy from happening to someone else. A Scranton wrongful death attorney at our firm can help your family obtain fair and just compensation for the loss of your loved one.

Time is of the essence. Due to the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the victim’s death.

No Fee Unless We Win

If you should choose us to represent you, rest assured that you will pay nothing upfront or out of pocket for our services.  We only collect a fee (a portion of the settlement or verdict) if we win your case. If we cannot get you the justice you deserve, you owe us nothing. That’s our no-fee promise. The consultation is free, and there’s no obligation to sign anything, so contact a Scranton wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law today.

“You always got back to me whenever I reach out to you. You went above and beyond… above and beyond.” – Alejandro S.

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes wrongful death?

Wrongful death is a death that is the result of negligence on the part of a company or another person. Negligence is behavior that is reckless, careless, or fails to act with reasonable care. Common causes of wrongful death claims include car accidentstruck accidentsworkplace accidents, a faulty or defective product, and medical malpractice. If negligence causes a wrongful death, the surviving family members of the deceased can seek legal action against those at fault.

What is the statute of limitations in a Scranton Pennsylvania wrongful death lawsuit?

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations in a wrongful death case is two years from the date of death.

Should I accept a settlement from the insurance company?

Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company until you consult with an experienced Scranton wrongful death lawyer, like those of us at Munley Law in Pennsylvania. The settlement offer from an insurance company is generally a fraction of what an experienced lawyer could help you obtain.

What kinds of damages can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit?

Depending on your case, entitlement to damages covering burial and funeral costs,  medical costs, lost pension, loss of income, your family’s pain and suffering, and loss of services and support such as home management and child-rearing your family’s pain and suffering.

How much will it cost to hire a Scranton wrongful death lawyer?

At Munley Law in Scranton, we only charge a contingent-fee basis. That means that we only collect a fee if or when we win your case to obtain damages for you. Your initial consultation with us is always free, so it will not cost anything to meet us and discuss your potential claim.






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