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Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is hard enough without worrying about financial wellbeing. If you’ve suffered the tragic loss of a loved one through workplace injury or medical malpractice, we’ll fight for the compensation you deserve.

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Tragedy may strike as a result of medical malpractice, a workplace injury, a catastrophic traffic accident or numerous other circumstances. Every wrongful death case is unique, and our law firm is here to fight for the compensation that you deserve. You and your family may be entitled to compensation for the injury sustained by your family member. We represent spouses, children, parents and other dependents in cases where the intentional, careless or reckless acts of another person have caused a family tragedy. Surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for their economic and emotional injuries in some circumstances. A wrongful death claim brought via a lawsuit in the judicial system is the appropriate means to seek compensation for your family’s loss.

How Wrongful Deaths Occur

Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury

About 2.9 million Americans are afflicted by traumatic brain injuries each year, leading to around 55,000 deaths.
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paralysis & spinal injury

paralysis & spinal injury

These are some of the most devastating catastrophic injuries, often leaving sufferers severely impacted.
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Birth injury

Birth injury

Birth injuries range from mild to severe, and can have lasting effects on both the child and the family.
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Negligent security

Negligent security

Under local, state and federal laws, property owners have an obligation to keep their buildings and land safe for authorized visitors and businesses.
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Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hospital, lab, or doctor’s error, we would like to discuss your case.
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Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing Home Negligence

Many elderly residents require additional assistance as they grow older. All too often, these facilities fall short of providing adequate care.
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Trucking and Ride Share Accidents

Trucking and Ride Share Accidents

Even a minor collision between vehicles can cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities.
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Burn & explosion injury

Burn & explosion injury

The long-term implications of burn & explosion injuries can be devastating, both physically and emotionally.
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Past Wrongful Death Settlements

McEldrew Purtell has been at the winning end of over $200 million in person injury settlements in the past 30 years. The following wrongful death verdicts are selected from a variety of causes:

  • $2 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 55-year-old man who was misdiagnosed with gastritis (stomach irritation) at the emergency room and died overnight at home.
  • $1.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a patient who died after the urologist failed to diagnose bladder cancer.
  • $2.9 million settlement for the survivors of a woman killed by a truck wheel that struck her vehicle after the driver of the truck failed to properly perform a pre-trip certification and inspection of the wheels.
  • $2.5 million settlement for a railroad track worker struck by an oncoming train and immediately killed.

Your Rights as a Relative

As a result of the tragedy, we understand that you may have a variety of financial concerns. You may incur a variety of expenses as a result of your family member’s death, from medical bills to funeral expenses. You may also be suffering from the lost wages of your family member. 

Family of those lost in wrongful death cases — including spouses, children, parents, grandparents and legal guardians — may be able to file wrongful death lawsuits, depending on state rules and individual circumstance. These lawsuits should make considerations for:

  • Medical and funeral costs
  • Lost earnings and benefits of the deceased
  • Loss of care and companionship
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Loss of security for the deceased’s dependents
  • Punitive damages

When to Consult with an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney

We represent all wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis — there is no attorney fee unless you recover. Unfortunately, we cannot bring your family member back. But we can fight to get you the compensation that you and your family deserve. 

In cases of wrongful death, the best course of action is to consult with skilled attorneys like those at McEldrew Purtell as soon as possible. Although filing suit may seem like a secondary concern when dealing with a loved one’s death, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York law all state that wrongful death cases must be filed within two years from the death date with a few exceptions — other states set their statutes of limitations as short as one year for such cases.

To speak to a McEldrew Purtell attorney about our experience in wrongful death cases, as well as get a free initial case evaluation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-866-382-4806.