wrongful death

 Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyer John FoxWrongful death lawsuits are the residue of tragic accidents and some of the most difficult types of injury claims we handle at Fox Law. In the event of a wrongful death accident, it is a difficult time for the family members, who are suddenly faced with the unexpected death of a loved one. This is a time to retain a trusted Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer and place your wrongful death case and related legal work, in the hands of a top rated Philadelphia wrongful death lawyer. Placing your legal matters in the hands of a professional early in a wrongful death claim allows the attorney to properly handle your legal matters from the beginning, while giving you and your family the time to grieve the loss of your loved one, with the peace of mind that your legal matters are being handled with professional care.

When a wrongful death occurs as the result of another person’s negligence, the deceased’s surviving loved ones can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to receive insurance compensation for their loss. Typically, both a survivor claim and a wrongful death claim are filed. Compensation for wrongful death claims vary widely, with special considerations such as, conscious pain and suffering prior to the death, loss of companionship by the family members, and projected future financial loss.

Fox Law, a top-rated, family owned and operated, personal injury law firm, will take care of your wrongful death legal matters with care and compassion. Call us today at 215-568-6868 and speak to us about your family's wrongful death claim.

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Wrongful death compensation may be collected for:

  • Funeral costs
  • Medical bills related to the death
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Financial loss by the surviving family members
  • Loss of consortium, or companionship, typically awarded to a spouse, children, or parents.
  • Pain and suffering experienced prior to the death

If a settlement is reached without a jury, the court must approve the settlement.

Wrongful death statutes of limitations in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the statue of limitations on a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of death.  In the first six months, the claim must be filed by a representative of the estate of the deceased person on behalf of the estate’s beneficiaries. If after six months, the representative does not file a claim, any beneficiary may file the claim on behalf of the beneficiaries of the estate. If a negligent act was concealed, the statute may be extended to two years from when the negligent act was discovered.

Wrongful Death FAQ’s

What is considered wrongful death malpractice?

Wrongful death medical malpractice is when a person’s death is the result of the negligence of a medical professional whose actions fall below the medical standard of care.

Wrongful death legal malpractice is when an attorney handling a wrongful death claim represents his or her client below the legal standard, causing the client to lose their wrongful death claim. In order to prove legal malpractice, it must be proved that the case would have been won if handled within the legal standard.

Can siblings sue for wrongful death?

Usually, a spouse, children, or parents of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

How do you prove wrongful death?

A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit, which requires a plaintiff to “prove with a preponderance of the evidence” that the deceased person died because of the defendant’s negligence.

How long can a wrongful death lawsuit take?

The average wrongful death lawsuit takes between one to four years, depending on the case.

Does insurance cover wrongful death?

Wrongful death may be covered by auto insurance in the case of a car accident, or homeowner’s insurance, in the case of a premises liability claim.

The most important questions to ask when choosing a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Philadelphia

When choosing the best Wrongful Death Lawyer in Philadelphia to handle your case, hire the lawyer, not the law firm. That is who is handling your case. At Fox Law, John and Laura Fox will be the only attorneys handling your case. We make the phone calls and are hands-on with your file. If you are looking for the best Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyer near you, the most important questions you can ask in a free consultation are:

“Can I speak to the lawyer who will be handling my case?" and "Do they have a manageable case load?"

7 Important Questions to Ask To Find A Top Lawyer Near You.


"I know how to defend cases which means I know how to win them.”

Former Defense Attorney, John Fox.

Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyer

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