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Death from Gunshots

Death from Gunshots

The shock and sorrow of losing a family member to accidental or negligent gun violence leaves survivors feeling lost and seeking answers. While a wrongful death lawsuit will not undo your loss, it offers a way to hold perpetrators of gunshot deaths accountable and secure some financial relief.

The Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers at Stine & Associates, P.C., can help you find a way to honor your loved one’s memory and get the support your family needs to move forward.

Does Intent Matter in a Wrongful Death Claim?

The circumstances of someone’s death from a gunshot – whether negligent or accidental – might feel like they dictate the course of a wrongful death claim. However, what matters in these cases is if the death aligns with Pennsylvania’s wrongful death statute. This law defines a wrongful death as any death resulting from someone’s wrongful action, unlawful violence or negligence, or neglect. In other words, families have the right to pursue compensation and justice regardless of whether the gunshot was deliberate or a tragic accident.

It’s also worth noting that Pennsylvania families can file a wrongful death claim regardless of whether prosecutors pursue a criminal case after a gunshot death. While a criminal conviction can be a strong piece of evidence in a civil wrongful death suit, a person does not have to face criminal charges to be found liable for a wrongful death.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim After a Gunshot Death?

Pennsylvania law says surviving spouses, parents, and children can pursue compensation for a wrongful gunshot death. If the deceased has no eligible surviving family members, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a claim to recover compensation for expenses arising from the death.

Compensation for a Wrongful Gunshot Death in Pennsylvania

Eligible family members can pursue compensation for many losses stemming from a wrongful gunshot death in Pennsylvania. Though the specific amount depends on the case, some losses families can demand compensation for include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Any medical expenses related to the deceased’s gunshot wounds before their death
  • The deceased’s lost income between when they sustained their gunshot wound and their death
  • Future income the deceased’s family lost due to their family member’s death
  • The lost emotional support from the deceased

Deadline to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania law says surviving family members or the deceased’s personal representative must file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the death. While this may seem like a lot of time, taking immediate action helps your attorney preserve vital evidence and initiate legal proceedings, which can help you get the financial relief you need more efficiently.

How Our Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help

At Stine & Associates, P.C., we know that losing a family member to gun violence is a profound loss. We can manage every step of a wrongful death claim for you. This includes everything from investigating the incident and gathering essential evidence to negotiating with insurance companies and, if necessary, representing you in court. By shouldering the legal burden, we give you the space to focus on healing. Let us guide you through this process and protect your rights.

Contact Our Pennsylvania Wrongful Gunshot Death Attorneys Today

Nothing can erase the harm from a family member’s tragic death, but Stine & Associates, P.C., can help you find the justice you deserve. Call us today or reach out outline for a free consultation with our wrongful death attorneys.

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