Personal Injury Lawyer
Hazleton, PA

An attorney can help you get justice after the wrongful death of a loved one

Losing a loved one is always devastating. But it is even more painful when that person's death was caused by the negligence of another-because it didn't have to happen.

Attorney Edward P. McNelis knows what family members are going through during this difficult time. He has been helping clients hold negligent parties responsible since 1982 and offers compassionate guidance to families as they seek justice.

We know that money can never replace your loved one. But compensation may be able to help ease any financial strains the loss created and provide security. And by holding the person who caused the death accountable, we can also sometimes bring a sense of closure.

What is meant by wrongful death? In short, it is death that was caused by someone else's negligence, recklessness, malpractice, inaction or intentional act. Someone may suffer a personal injury and then later die from the injuries. Wrongful death can occur in:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents
  • Nursing home abuse

If you lost a loved one due to wrongful death, McNelis Law believes someone needs to answer for your loss.

How can an attorney help?

A wrongful death action allows a spouse, child or parent of the person who died to pursue legal action to recover damages caused the wrongful act or negligence of another party. These cases can be complicated and take time to resolve.

Attorney McNelis takes these cases very seriously. He will conduct a thorough investigation into what happened. He will review accident reports, medical records, autopsy reports, safety records and other documents related to the incident. He will also find and interview witnesses. He may also consult experts who can help prove negligence.

In addition, he will determine the amount of compensation you deserve. This could include medical expenses, funeral costs, estate administration expenses, wages and benefits your loved one would have earned, loss of companionship, pain and suffering and punitive damages (awarded to punish the defendant and send a message to others not to engage in such conduct). McNelis Law may seek other damages, depending on the circumstances.

In order to win a wrongful death action, a claimant must be able to prove:

  • The other party had duty of care-for example, a driver has a duty to follow the rules of the road
  • There was a breach of duty-for example, a driver ran a red light
  • Causation-the party's breach led to your loved one's death
  • Damages-verifying your losses as the result of your loved one's death.

In some cases, a settlement may be reached with the other party's insurance company. But if needed, Edward McNelis will be prepared to pursue your case in court. You pay nothing until he gets results.

Though family members have two years after a loved one's death to file a wrongful death action, we recommend talking to an attorney as soon as possible. The more time that goes by, the more likely it is that evidence could be lost or that witnesses could forget important details.

If you have lost a loved one due to another's negligence, McNelis Law can help you hold that party responsible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.