A lawyer you can trust after a fatal truck accident
When trucking companies put profits ahead of safety, they’re gambling with people’s lives. If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, you know that firsthand. You may be left feeling lost, confused and struggling to rebuild your life even as you mourn your loved one. And the trucking company, meanwhile, is only looking to protect its own bottom line.
At McNelis Law, we’re proud to represent families throughout greater Hazleton when tragedy strikes. Veteran attorney Edward P. McNelis will be your voice and your advocate, fighting for the justice and just compensation your family deserves.
Understanding wrongful death actions and truck accidents in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate has the right to file a wrongful death action if the death was caused by another person’s wrongful, negligent or unlawful acts. After six months have passed, if the personal representative has not yet filed a wrongful death claim, any beneficiary of the deceased person’s estate may file. The deadline to file is two years from the date of death.
A wrongful death action is a civil case that is separate and distinct from any criminal charges the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may pursue against the responsible person, and the defendants in the civil and criminal case need not be the same person. For example, the truck driver may face criminal charges for negligent homicide, while you may file a lawsuit against the trucking company for their negligent hiring or their failure to supervise or train the driver.
Under Pennsylvania law, you can pursue damages (financial compensation) for the following losses you’ve sustained as a result of your loved one’s death:
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Medical expenses for your loved one’s injuries prior to passing;
- Expenses related to the administration of the estate;
- Lost future earnings if the deceased person had not died;
- Loss of household services, such as childcare and maintenance, provided by the person who died;
- Loss of comfort, companionship, support and moral guidance;
- Pain and suffering, including both physical pain and emotional distress.
No amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a person’s life. But we’ve seen in many cases that pursuing a wrongful death claim can lead to real comfort for the family members left behind. We’ll pursue compensation that could allow you to stay home and care for your children while maintaining the same quality of life your family had before your loss. Moreover, a favorable judgment or settlement sends a strong message that the trucking company was truly responsible for your loss, which can be an invaluable step toward obtaining closure.
We represent grieving families with strength and compassion
We understand that money is the furthest thing from your mind right now, and we know you may not want to involve an attorney. Our goal is to take care of the paperwork and legal difficulties arising from your loved one’s death so that you can focus on grieving, supporting your family and rebuilding your life. We would be honored to be your family’s voice during this difficult time.
Our free consultation is fully confidential and there is absolutely no obligation – we just want to help you understand your legal rights and options. Give us a call at 570-455-6335 or contact us online.