Philadelphia Wrongful Death Lawyer
Securing Justice & Financial Support for Grieving Families
Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has fought for injured persons and their families, obtaining over $2 billion in awards for our clients through hundreds of multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts. Our attorneys help bereaved families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware seek the justice, emotional closure, and financial compensation that a wrongful death claim provides.
Our Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys have a history of developing thorough and compelling cases, resulting in some of the largest wrongful death awards that the state (and the nation) have seen. For instance, we obtained a record-setting $29 million verdict on behalf of a pilot who was killed after losing control of his airplane because of a defective seat.
In 2010, an appeals court affirmed a $20.5 million verdict on behalf of a young woman who tragically died as a result of a liposuction procedure - this result included $15 million in punitive damages, the largest award of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Our Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements Include:
- 300+ awards and results larger than $1 million
- More than $2 billion awarded to clients since 1958
- The largest civil judgment levied against an individual ($907 million)
- The only verdict on behalf of victims of 9/11 ($104 million)
If you have lost a loved one in an accident or as the result of someone else's negligence, contact our wrongful death lawyers in Philadelphia for a confidential, no-obligation consultation.
Give our firm a call at (215) 866-2424 to discuss your legal options.
How Wrongful Death Lawsuits Benefit the Decedent's Loved Ones
When a person dies as the result of someone else's negligence, the law allows the deceased person's close family members to bring a claim for wrongful death, requesting compensation and justice for the loss of their loved one. The beneficiaries of the decedent's will, through the administrator of the decedent's estate, can also bring a "survival" claim for the decedent's pain and suffering before they died.
Wrongful death and survival lawsuits are proven in court the same way as typical personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability claims are proven: by showing that the defendant's negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct caused or contributed to the person's death. Thus, the "proof" of a wrongful death case is the same as the proof of any other negligence lawsuit.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?
The legal matters following a wrongful death can be very complex, requiring help from a legal professional to properly file the lawsuit. Most people don’t know what damages they may be able to recover after a wrongful death.
Here are some of the things you may be able to sue the negligent party for:
In many cases, the individual who is fatally injured may be the main provider for a family. When they pass, the family is left without the money the individual would have earned. This may be compensable as part of a wrongful death case including past and future earnings lost as a result of the injuries and subsequent death.
Pain and Suffering
These types of situations often lead to emotional trauma for the family left to cope with the loss of their loved one. This is considered pain and suffering, which may be recovered as non-economic damages. This means there is no distinct monetary value, but it’s considered damage to the family.
Medical and Funeral Expenses
Medical expenses may be recovered if the decedent spent time in the hospital receiving treatment after the injury but prior to the death. Funeral expenses may be recovered by the family from the negligent party to help cover all costs associated with the funeral and burial.
Loss of Companionship
Spouses may be left without their significant others as a result of these types of accidents. It’s an emotional situation and the family members left behind may endure distress as a result.
Learn more: How Much is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Worth?
Insurance Companies Fight Wrongful Death Claims the Hardest
There are, however, two key differences between wrongful death / survival lawsuits and regular personal injury lawsuits. The first is the type of damages available: in a personal injury lawsuit, the injured person is compensated for their lost wages, for the medical costs they have incurred, and for their pain and suffering.
In contrast, in a wrongful death / survival claim, the decedent's estate is compensated for the value of the decedent's claim as if they had lived to recover economic damages and pain and suffering, and the decedent's close family members are compensated for their loss in household income, familial support, and companionship. How these are calculated and argued will depend on the skill and experience of your lawyer's team.
The second big difference is the size of the damages and the resources that insurance companies, big corporations, and their lawyers put into fighting wrongful death claims. In a slip and fall case that just caused minor injuries which healed, the insurance company will limit how strongly they defend the case because their potential liability is not very large.
In a wrongful death case, however, the damages can easily extend into the millions of dollars-many of our Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys have secured settlements or jury verdicts for tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of dollars-and so insurance companies adopt a scorched-earth approach, hiring more and better lawyers to defend these cases.
Investing Resources to Secure Justice on Your Behalf
It is not uncommon for insurance companies to spend over a million dollars in attorney's fees and litigation costs to have the family's case dismissed, to try to convince the jury the accident wasn't their fault, or to persuade the jury to award less in compensation. What sets our Philadelphia wrongful death law firm apart from other firms is our ability to match these resources with our own resources, ingenuity, and experience.
Regardless of what insurance companies are spending on your claim in order to defeat it, if you deserve compensation, our attorneys will fight to make that as clear to your jury. We will invest the necessary resources to fully investigate your wrongful death claim, gather a team of experts, and provide a compelling and powerful case on your behalf.
Most of our wrongful death cases require an investment of hundred thousand dollars or more; in many cases, we have invested $500,000 or more of our own money - not counting our attorneys' and paralegals' time-into hiring the most qualified outside doctors, engineers, forensic examiners, accountants, and economists to serve as expert witnesses to present the very best and most persuasive case we can on behalf of our clients.
At The Beasley Firm, we leave no stone unturned in order to fight for your well-being. When we step into a courtroom, our opponents know they'll be facing a well-prepared and well-tried case-it's often why our clients receive sizable settlement offers before the trial process begins. It's been our approach since 1958, and it's why we have continued to be the leading wrongful death lawyers in the state when it comes to court awards-both in magnitude and amount.
Let us put our experience and resources to work for you and your family by filling out our online contact form or by calling The Beasley Firm at (215) 866-2424.