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The elements of a wrongful death suit


An unexpected accident can happen with very little notice. In many cases, an accident is nothing more than a simple problem. They often only result in momentary inconveniences or other minor damage. When these types of accidents happen, very little thought may be given to why the accident occurred.

However, in other cases, accidents result in severe damage. In a variety of situations, an accident can even be fatal. In the event of a fatal accident, the accident victim's family can suffer greatly. Not only do people have to deal with the emotional consequences of the accident, they also have to come to terms with many unforeseen financial consequences. When a fatal accident occurs a family may be left without a source of income, unexpected medical costs and funeral costs. People may not know where the money will come from to help pay for these things.

A wrongful death action can help compensate families for their financial losses following a fatal accident caused by a negligent person. These actions can provide families with necessary compensation to move forward from an accident.

Pennsylvania residents should know that they may bring a wrongful death suit in limited situations. In order to bring a wrongful death suit, a few elements must be met. First, an accident must have resulted in the death of a human being. Next, that person's death must have been caused by the negligence of another. Third, the victim's family must have suffered financial harm as a result of the fatal accident. Finally, a personal representative must have been appointed in the victim's estate and that person must bring the suit.

Fulfilling these elements is not always as easy as it seems. Not only are families trying to emotionally recover from the accident, wrongful death suits are technical, legal proceedings requiring specific evidence. Often, the help of an attorney can be essential.

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