A loved one’s death is always tragic. If someone else caused the death, it becomes more devastating to the family already reeling from lost companionship, parental guidance, and wage contributions. Whether the perpetrator is punished in the criminal justice system does not affect your ability to be compensated for what you have lost in the civil system.
Most cases involve automobile accidents and medical malpractice, but any death caused by someone’s negligence or intentional violence can give rise to compensation for the bereaved family. The money is meant to pay medical bills, final expenses, and replace what the family would have benefited from had the decedent lived. Our compassionate wrongful death attorneys could work with you to seek the aforementioned damages. The lawyers at McDonald at Law are skilled at gathering evidence in Lancaster wrongful death cases.
Wrongful deaths in Pennsylvania are generally based on negligence, in which a person breaches the duty to act reasonably for the safety of others, and that breach causes injuries or death to another person The claimant must provide evidence to support their case for any wrongful death claim.
A motivated attorney at McDonald at Law helps clients gather evidence relevant to their negligent passing claim and presents it to insurers in negotiations or at trial.
A well-versed attorney at McDonald at Law could explain what documents to collect to prove the defendant’s negligence caused the untimely passing.
Claimants in a wrongful death action must prove that the loved one died and the reason for it. An autopsy report details the cause of death as the coroner determines. A death certificate legally confirms the subject of the wrongful death suit is deceased, and it provides the date and time of death, as well as how it happened, such as in an automobile accident. Family can request a death certificate by mail, in person, or online from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Police reports are crucial pieces of evidence in most wrongful death cases. For instance, the responding officer would apply breath tests for alcohol if driving under the influence is suspected in an auto accident. Police officers are trained to find pieces of evidence that the lay spectator might overlook. The report the responding officer files can be crucial to the plaintiffs proving facts while a proactive attorney at McDonald at Law negotiates an untimely passing settlement or argues in court.
Along with police reports, plaintiffs should seek witness statements, which the police may take while investigating the wrongful death. Later, plaintiffs’ attorneys can interview witnesses identified by police or who come forward with onsite information. Witnesses can corroborate the facts of an accident the plaintiffs’ attorney is reconstructing to make the case.
Injuries in wrongful death accidents are substantial enough for the person to die, and knowledge from the medical and hospital records is invaluable for cases seeking compensation, such as medical malpractice or auto crashes. Often, the decedent suffers injuries and lingers in hospital care before dying. Physician notes, tests, length of stay, treatments, pain level, and all elements that can establish the type and severity of injuries the patient sustained is good evidence for an experienced attorney handling a wrongful death case.
Sometimes video camera surveillance footage will be available as irrefutable evidence of the accident behind the wrongful death claim.
When a competent lawyer with McDonald at Law in Lancaster negotiates with an insurance company, financial evidence, including what the decedent earned, tax returns, how many children were being schooled, and how much assets cost to maintain will be valuable to establish what the family will need to live in a manner like what the decedent provided. Insurance companies that try to lowball settlement offers will face real numbers they will have to accept.
When you lose a loved one in a tragic accident or intentional violence, we can help you rally and seek the compensation your family deserves from the offender. Although your grief is front and center, your family’s future depends on replacing the contributions your loved one made to the family.
Cases based on negligence require plaintiffs to produce evidence that the acts of another caused deadly results. One of our services is gathering evidence in Lancaster wrongful death cases. Call McDonald at Law today to learn how we can help your family.