Wrongful Death Claims in Pennsylvania | What You Should Know

If your loved one died as a result of another person’s negligence, please read on, then contact an experienced York County, PA wrongful death attorney to learn what you should know about wrongful death claims in Pennsylvania.

How do you know if you have a valid wrongful death claim in Pennsylvania?

First of all, one should know who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the Keystone State. In Pennsylvania, the decedent’s personal representative, i.e. executor, must file suit. He or she can do so on behalf of the decedent’s:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents

So long as you meet those qualifications, you may file suit for the following:

  • The death of a person
  • Wrongful conduct or negligence of another resulting in death
  • You or a loved one is a survivor who has suffered specific damages due to the death

What can you fight for in a wrongful death claim in Pennsylvania?

It should go without saying that only survivors or the estate can receive monetary awards to compensate for economic damages resulting from the death. Such entities can recover a variety of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, including the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Hospital and medical expenses
  • Estate administration expenses
  • Lost wages and benefits, including amounts the deceased reasonably would have been expected to earn had he or she lived
  • Loss of the deceased’s household services, society, comfort, and guidance.

If you lost a loved one to another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you should reach out to a skilled York County, PA personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a York County personal injury attorney help you?

Having a competent legal professional working on your behalf can make all the difference in the success or failure of your effort to recover damages. He or she will help you collect, compile and present the evidence needed to prove your case in court. This evidence will come in the form of medical records related to the accident, statements from any and all witnesses to the accident, a copy of the police report and any photos and/or videos of the accident scene. No matter the strength of your case, precious few defendants will admit to their negligent or wrongful conduct and hand over the damages that they owe to the families of their victims. That is where a seasoned legal representative comes in. He or she will preserve your rights and fight to hold the defendant accountable.

This process can be time-consuming and complicated, so let us handle the paperwork. Please give us a call today.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. 

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