Kocsis Law Office
Bradford County Injury & Accident Attorney
180 N. Elmira Street, Athens, PA 18810
Wrongful Death/Survival Actions
Although death and taxes are inevitable for us all, the loss of life of a loved one is always painful. However, the premature loss of life as a result of someone else’s negligence is intolerable. In Pennsylvania, two causes of action exist to recover damages for the death of a person caused by the tortious act of another, Wrongful Death and Survival.
A wrongful death action pursuant to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 8301 is brought by the survivors for injury incurred by them as a result of the death. Included as elements of damages in a wrongful death action are the expected value of the financial contributions of the decedent and the lost value of the companionship, comfort, society, guidance, solace and protection which the decedent would have contributed to the survivors. Also included are reasonable hospital, medical and funeral expenses and the expense of administration of the estate.
A survival action under 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 8302 is a claim made by the estate of the decedent for loss suffered by the estate. The damages recoverable include compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased from the time of the accident to the time of death, if any, and the value of the decedent's earnings over his lifetime, less the cost of maintenance, which would have been incurred by the deceased.
Examples of Death Actions that Kocsis Law Office handles include:
• Death from Car, Truck, & Motorcycle accidents,
• Death from Medical Malpractice,
• Death from Premises Liability (falls, animal attacks, etc.),
• Death due to Negligent acts,
• Death due to Reckless acts,
• Death due to Intentional acts, and
• Death from Work Accidents.
Death actions not only require a knowledge of injury law but also estate law, including probate and the filing of a Pennsylvania and, at times, a Federal inheritance tax return. At Kocsis Law Office, we handle every aspect of your death case from probate to trial, whereas many injury-only law firms will require you to retain an estate attorney at an additional expense to you.
Kocsis Law Office has a proven record of success obtaining favorable results for injured clients from all over Bradford County, PA, including Athens, Sayre, Towanda, Wysox, Wyalusing, Ulster, Smithfield, Troy, & Canton, as well as in Sullivan County, PA, Wyoming County, PA, Susquehanna County, PA, Tioga County, PA, Tioga County, NY, & Chemung County, NY.
There is a limited time to take action in wrongful death cases. Contact KLO at (570) 888-7709 or KocsisLawOffice@stny.rr.com for your FREE injury consultation. There are no fees unless you get a recovery. Home and Hospital visits are available for injured clients.
BRADFORD COUNTY, PA WRONGFUL DEATH & SURVIVAL ATTORNEY