How Much Time Is There To Bring A Wrongful Death Claim?
A fatal accident can take away a loved one in the blink of an eye. When the negligent or reckless actions of someone else was the cause, there are remedies in the form of wrongful death and survival actions.
But these claims need to be filed within certain time limits (referred to as the statute of limitations) in Pennsylvania. Once this time passes, you are no longer able to bring a claim.
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When Does The Two Year Limitations Period Start?
In Pennsylvania, there are two types of claims that surviving family members who have lost a loved one. They include:
- Wrongful death claims – which compensates for economic losses, such as wages that are no longer available to the family
- Survival actions – are based on pain and suffering caused by the injury in the hours, days or weeks before a death.
To bring these types of claims the general timing rules require filing within two years. For a wrongful death claim, this means filing within two years of a death. For survival actions, the deadline is two years from the date of an injury.