A Wilkes-Barre wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law can help you get justice for your loved one. Call today for a free and confidential consultation
If someone you love died as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a wrongful death claim. We know that nothing can replace losing a loved one, but fair compensation can help ease your financial burdens and give you some peace of mind. Since 1959, families in Luzerne County and all over Pennsylvania have trusted Munley Law to obtain the justice they deserve. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation with a Wilkes-Barre wrongful death lawyer.
In a wrongful death case, your choice of attorney matters. Our personal injury attorneys have earned national recognition for our client service and our significant settlements and verdicts. Each of our partners has a minimum of 10-20 years of experience handling tough cases for families like yours. We have consistently ranked among the Best Lawyers in America, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We have earned preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible client and peer review rating in the industry.
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What constitutes “wrongful death”?
What we may call an “accident” is often a preventable, negligent act that results in serious harm to another person. Even if the act (or failure to act) was unintentional, the negligent person should still be held accountable for the harm they caused by failing to take proper and reasonable care. If negligence results in the death of your loved one, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
Who can file a wrongful death suit in Wilkes-Barre?
As the spouse, guardian, child, or family member of the deceased, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact a Wilkes-Barre lawyer at Munley Law for specific advice about your unique case.
A Wilkes-Barre wrongful death lawyer can help you recover damages for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Care of a child
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
In cases of gross negligence or recklessness, punitive damages may be awarded. Punitive damages are a form of punishment to the defendant to discourage others from similar behaviors that may cause fatal injuries.
Negligence in Wilkes-Barre wrongful death suits
A successful wrongful death case must prove four key elements of negligence:
- An individual or company had a duty of reasonable care to the deceased.
- The individual or company breached that duty of care.
- Their negligence or actions were a direct cause of death.
- Damages resulted from their actions.
Causes of wrongful death in Wilkes-Barre
Our experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorneys have decades of experience handling a variety of complex personal injury cases.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents in Wilkes-Barre
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Plane accidents & aviation accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of injuries and death in Pennsylvania. Wilkes-Barre has many high traffic highways nearby, including Route 80, Route 81, Route 476, PA 309 and PA 115. When a car or truck accident caused by negligence, such as speeding, distraction, or other reckless behavior results in the death of your family member, you have the right to seek justice.
Wilkes-Barre Medical Malpractice Deaths
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- Failure to diagnose an illness/misdiagnosis,
- Surgical error
- Medication error
- Anesthesia error
- Hospital negligence
- Nursing home neglect
When medical malpractice or another form of healthcare negligence in Wilkes-Barre results in death, you may have a wrongful death suit. Responsible parties may include a Wilkes-Barre hospital, surgical center, doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, nursing home, or another healthcare provider. We can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions. Our medical malpractice lawyers have tried hundreds of cases and helped families move forward though the grieving process and get the compensation they deserve.
Product Liability Deaths
We represent families of individuals killed by a defective or unsafe product, including:
- Defective vehicles
- Defective auto parts
- Defective medical devices
- Defective prescription & over the counter drugs
- Defective equipment & machinery
- Defective appliances
- Defective electronics
- Defective tools
- Defective toys/children’s’ products
If the death of a loved on was caused by a defective product due to faulty design, a manufacturing error or inadequate warning, you need to contact a Munley Law wrongful death lawyer today. Manufacturers have a responsibility to adequately warn consumers regarding the safe use of the product. This includes drug manufacturers. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for injuries or death.
- Construction site fatalities
- Work transportation accidents
- Scaffolding collapse fatalities
- Workplace toxic chemical exposure
OSHA sets strict standards for employers to keep their employees safe at work. When these standards are not followed or shortcuts are taken with safety, the results can be tragic. Although a workplace fatality can occur in a number of industries there are some professions that are more dangerous than others. These include construction, electrical, farming, manufacturing, medical and transportation. If unsafe conditions or the negligence of another in the workplace or on a construction site led to the death of your loved one in Wilkes-Barre, you need to speak to an experienced wrongful death attorney to discuss your options.
Premises Liability Deaths
Potentially fatal conditions on someone else’s property may include:
- Inadequate security
- Slip & falls
- Parking lot accidents
- Ceiling collapse
- Swimming pool accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Toxic exposure
Property owners have an obligation to keep a property safe and free of hazards for visitors. When a property owner fails to keep a property safe or fails to warn about possible hazards, a serious injury or fatality can occur. Poor maintenance, such as loose or poorly maintained floor coverings, trash and clutter blocking walkways, the failure to remove snow or ice, poor lighting or the failure to fix potholes or other slip and fall hazards can lead to bad fall that may result in death. Faulty electrical work, lack of adequate security and lack of adequate fire protection are other potential hazards that can prove fatal at a poorly maintained Wilkes-Barre property.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death suit?
Due to the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Pennsylvania, you need to act quickly. In Pennsylvania, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the date of death. If you do not act during the limited time frame, you may lose the opportunity to pursue compensation. The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Munley Law have the knowledge and resources necessary to plan your best course of legal action and win you the compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work on your behalf.
No fee unless we win
At Munley Law, we understand the emotional and financial distress you face after losing a loved one. We believe you deserve justice, and cost shouldn’t stand in the way of that. That’s why we only collect a fee – a percentage of the settlement or verdict – if we win your case. You don’t pay anything upfront or out of pocket; if we cannot get you the justice you deserve, you pay nothing. And, our fee will never exceed the amount paid to you.
Call a Wilkes-Barre wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law today
The aftermath of a terrible loss can be overwhelming. We know the heartache and pain you are experiencing. We are dedicated to the compassionate representation of families who have suffered devastating losses due to wrongful death. Let us handle the paperwork, phone calls, and legal battle so that you can recover from your loss in peace.
Our consultations are always free and completely confidential, and there is no obligation to sign anything. Chat live, fill out our contact form, or call (855) 866-5529 to learn more about how a Wilkes-Barre wrongful death lawyer can help.