Experienced and Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving Bucks County, PA
A Supportive Law Firm When Your Family Faces a Difficult Time
There’s nothing more upsetting than learning that your loved one lost his or her life as a result of negligence and that the death could have been prevented. For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier have helped families throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania file wrongful death lawsuits stemming from fatal auto accidents, mishaps on dangerous premises, injury by hazardous products and more. We are aggressive litigators who explore all options to obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Our attorneys provide responsive service tailored to meet your specific needs — and we get results.
What is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when one party’s actions or negligence cause an accident or incident that results in a victim’s fatal catastrophic personal injury. The following are some of the most common types of wrongful death accidents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey:
- Auto accidents — Motorists have a responsibility to use proper caution when operating their vehicles, and they must pay attention to the road at all times. Distracted or drunk driving may lead to a serious car crash, with some resulting in the death of another driver, passenger or bystander.
- Defective products — When a company produces a dangerous product, it must notify consumers through warning labels or recalls. Many wrongful deaths occur because hazardous or poorly designed products have the potential to harm the individuals who use them, and users are not properly directed.
- Medical malpractice — Medical professionals don’t always provide the best care possible, and the results can be fatal. Some common medical errors that could lead to wrongful death include misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, prescription mistakes, anesthesia errors and mistakes made during surgery.
- Dangerous premises — Business owners must take proper care to ensure safe premises for customers and guests, protect them from falling objects and warn them of slippery surfaces and other hazards. Some slip and fall accidents caused by property owner negligence may even result in death.
- Workplace accidents — Employers have a responsibility to provide reasonably safe environments for workers, and they must meet strict guidelines dictated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Failure to comply with safety regulations increases the likelihood that fatal accidents could occur on a job site.
Seeking Damages after a Wrongful Death
After a wrongful death, you and your family may be able to file a lawsuit against the individuals or entities you believe were responsible. It may be a driver who caused an auto accident, a company that manufactured a defective product or a property owner who failed to maintain safe premises, among many other possibilities. When you file a wrongful death claim, you may seek compensation for damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship and funeral costs.
In most situations, the following people have legal standing to sue for a wrongful death:
- Immediate family — This includes spouses, parents and children or stepchildren
- Financial dependents — If you were a life partner of or financially dependent on the deceased individual, you may be able to seek compensation
- Other family members — In some situations, distant family members, like siblings, grandparents and cousins may be allowed to file a wrongful death claim
It is also important to note that in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is two years, meaning you have up to two years from the date of death in which to take legal action.
Speak with a Dedicated Newtown Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Work with an attorney focused on getting results for you and your loved ones. Consult the experienced team at Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier today. We have two convenient locations — one in Newtown, Pennsylvania and one in Trenton, New Jersey — and we remain open and accessible to you at all times. To get started, call or contact our law firm online.