Wrongful Death Lawsuit: When You Lose a Loved One Because of Negligence
No amount of money can make up for the loss of a beloved family member or spouse. But, financial compensation can alleviate the financial burdens you may be facing, and provide future security for you and your family. And, the knowledge that those responsible for your loss have been brought to justice can provide some peace of mind. If you suffered the loss of a family member due to an accident or an act of negligence, the wrongful death lawyers at Munley Law can help you pursue legal action to hold the at-fault party accountable. We have helped hundreds of families like yours obtain justice even against powerful entities. Below is a partial list of our significant case results.
$32 Million Wrongful Death
$26 Million Truck Accident
$17.5 Million Car Accident
$12 Million Product liability
$8 Million Truck Accident
$8 Million Truck Accident/Wrongful Death
$7.5 Million Auto Accident
$6.9 Million Garbage Truck Crash
$6.5 Million Traumatic Brain Injury
$5 Million Medical Malpractice
$5 Million Bus Accident
$4.7 Million Truck Accident
For more than 60 years, the wrongful death attorneys at Munley Law have fought for families and individuals who have lost a family member as a result of someone else’s wrongful action. In 2018, Marion Munley, Caroline Munley, and Bob Munley reached an $8 million settlement in a wrongful death case involving a truck crash. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have successfully resolved many more cases like this one, including cases stemming from tragic car accidents to medical negligence and fatal workplace accidents.
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Your Rights as a Relative in a Wrongful Death Case
As the spouse, child, parent, grandparent, or legal guardian of the deceased, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You may receive compensation for:
- Medical and funeral costs
- Lost earnings and benefits of the deceased
- Loss of care and companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of security for those dependent on the deceased
- Punitive damages in cases involving gross negligence
The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to relieve the financial burden on a family after the death of a loved one, and to secure your financial future so that you can grieve and move forward with your life.
Causes of Wrongful Death
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed after many different types of accidents and adverse events caused by another person’s negligence or corporate wrongdoing. Typical causes of wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Truck Accidents – Each year, approximately 3,600 people are killed in accidents involving large trucks. Many of those people are truck drivers themselves. Munley Law is one of the nation’s leading truck accident law firms. We have two attorneys who have served as Chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, and our lawyers are among an elite few to earn board certification in Truck Law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. We have earned national recognition for our settlements and verdicts on behalf of truck accident victims. We represent the families of drivers, passengers, bikers, pedestrians, and truckers who died in fatal truck crashes.
- Car Accidents – Car accidents are a leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Distracted driving, fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and reckless driving behaviors continue to cause preventable fatal car crashes every day. The car accident lawyers at Munley Law can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable, and obtain the compensation you need to move forward.
- Bus Accidents – There are between 200 and 300 fatal bus crashes each year. While bus accidents are rare, they tend to be particularly devastating when they do occur.
- Medical Malpractice – Medical negligence is among the leading causes of wrongful death. A delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, medication error, failure to monitor, or other act of negligence can mean the difference between life and death. If you believe a doctor’s negligence was responsible for your loved one’s death, the medical malpractice lawyers at Munley Law can help.
- Work Injuries – According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roughly 4,400 workplace fatalities occur every year. Trucking and transportation, construction, petroleum and natural gas, and healthcare are among the industries with the highest rates of injury and death. If your loved one was killed while doing their duty and providing for their family, we can help. We can help you secure your loved one’s death benefits under workers’ compensation. In addition, our wrongful death lawyers can pursue a third party claim if someone else’s negligence is responsible for your loved one’s work-related death.
Why Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer
The legal aftermath of a death in the family is not something you should ever have to navigate alone. We will answer your questions, help you fill out any paperwork and deal with the insurance companies om your behalf. Furthermore, we will not collect a fee unless we recover benefits for you. You will not owe us anything up front or out of pocket. And, our initial consultation is absolutely free. So, you risk nothing by contacting us to speak with a lawyer about your unique situation.
A wrongful death lawsuit will not only hold the negligent party accountable for their recklessness, but will also alleviate the financial burden wrongfully imposed on your family.
Get the Justice that Your Loved One Deserves
If you lost a loved one in a fatal accident that could have been prevented, you deserve justice. Don’t hesitate much longer – contact the wrongful death attorneys at Munley Law today for a free consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death Cases
Q: Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
A: Wrongful death lawsuits are filed by the family of the deceased, including a spouse, child, or parent. If the deceased has no surviving spouse, child, or parent, another representative may be able to pursue a wrongful death case. Of course, family dynamics can be complicated, especially in the wake of a tragedy. If you are unsure whether you have the right to pursue legal action, contact a wrongful death lawyer at Munley Law for guidance. We will review your unique situation at no charge and explain your rights.
Q: What constitutes “wrongful death”?
A: A wrongful death is a death that is caused by negligence on the part of another person or company. Negligence includes behavior that is careless, reckless, or fails to act with reasonable care. Some common causes of wrongful death include car accidents, truck accidents, workplace accidents, a faulty or defective product, and medical malpractice. If negligence results in wrongful death, the surviving family members of the deceased may pursue legal action against the party at fault.
Q: What is the statute of limitations in a wrongful death lawsuit?
A: In most states, including Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death case is two years from the date of death. When it comes to serious matters such as these, time is of the essence. Critical evidence can be lost or destroyed in the days and weeks following a fatal accident. The sooner you speak with a wrongful death lawyer, the sooner we can pursue justice for your family.
Q: Should I accept a settlement from the insurance company?
A: Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company before consulting with an experienced wrongful death lawyer, like those of us at Munley Law. Unfortunately, the settlement offered by an insurance company is usually a fraction of what you would receive with the help of a lawyer. And, in most cases, if you accept an offer of settlement, you waive your right to seek additional compensation, even if the settlement proves to be insufficient. For this reason, it is important that you consult a lawyer first. Don’t let the insurance company pressure you into accepting an offer before you’re ready.
Q: What kinds of damages can you recover in a wrongful death lawsuit?
A: Depending on your case, you may be entitled to damages covering funeral and burial costs, medical costs, loss of income, lost pension, loss of services and support such as home management and childrearing, and your family’s pain and suffering. A lawyer at Munley Law can review the unique circumstances of your case and determine what kinds of damages may be recovered.
Q: How much will it cost to hire a wrongful death lawyer?
A: At Munley Law, we only charge on a contingent-fee basis. This means that we only collect a fee if we win your case and obtain damages for you. The contingent-fee agreement protects you from any financial risk if your case is not successful. And, we do not charge anything for our initial consultation, so it will not cost you anything to meet with us to discuss your potential case.