Scranton Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Justice and Compensation for Your Loss

Compassionate representation for families who’ve lost loved ones in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties

When tragedy strikes your family with the unexpected death of a loved one, it’s difficult enough to deal with your grief, let alone consider taking legal action. But if your family member was the victim of wrongful death, we at The Law Firm of Cognetti & Cimini can seek justice for your loss and recover damages to help your family cope with lost income and medical expenses. Wrongful deaths often result from medical malpractice. While compensation cannot make up for your loss, it is the responsibility of the medical professionals involved to assume the financial burden. It is also your right to receive monetary compensation if their actions are proven negligent.

Our compassionate attorneys understand how painful this time is for you, and our team of lawyers and staff are committed to helping restore the balance in your life after a devastating wrongful death accident.

Wrongful death is all too common

The Institute of Medicine has reported that more than 98,000 people die each year in the United States due to mistakes made by healthcare providers, making medical malpractice injuries the eighth leading cause of death nationwide. A medical malpractice claim is among the most complicated of legal actions, requiring strong representation.

What rights do I have as a relative?

Relatives entitled to sue for a wrongful death in Pennsylvania include:

  • Surviving spouses
  • State-appointed guardians
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents

Siblings and cousins are considered collateral relatives under Pennsylvania law and are not permitted to file a wrongful death lawsuit unless they have been named as a personal representative or a guardian of the deceased. Likewise, guardians and personal representatives can only file suit if the deceased does not have a surviving spouse, child or parent.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim?

There is a time limit, known as a statute of limitations, in which a wrongful death suit may be filed. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death.

As the surviving relative of a wrongful death victim, it is important that you understand your rights and take action as soon as you possibly can. We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for you, but we assure you that our firm’s attorneys provide compassionate guidance and remain sensitive to your needs through the wrongful death claim process.

Contact a Scranton, PA wrongful death attorneys for a free initial consultation

In a wrongful death case, consulting an auto accident and personal injury attorney is an important step toward closure. Contact The Law Firm of Cognetti & Cimini online or by phone at [In::phone] for a free consultation. We offer flexible office hours for your convenience and are located near the federal courthouse in Scranton, with ample parking.  All cases are handled on a contingency basis.