The death of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and other passengers in a recent helicopter crash was tragic. Shortly after the accident, Kobe Bryant’s widow filed a wrongful death claim against the helicopter company. Just last week, other families who lost loved ones in this crash also filed suit.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit?
Accidents that result in the death of loved ones change the lives of those left behind in many ways. Loved ones must navigate complex emotional responses to the loss and will eventually need to deal with the unfortunate reality of the financial implications of the loss. Legal remedies are available through wrongful death lawsuits that can help those left behind with these realities.
What should loved ones know about a wrongful death claim?
Those who have lost a loved one due to a tragic accident should note the following about wrongful death claims:
- State specific. Wrongful death claims are creatures of state law. As a result, the process can be different for each state.
- Time limit. There is a set period of time the loved ones can bring a wrongful death claim. In Pennsylvania, state law generally sets this time limit at two years.
- Claimant. There are also limits on who can file a wrongful death claim. In most cases, the spouse, children or parents of a loved one can file a claim.
Gathering information and paperwork to establish a claim may be the last thing you want to do when healing from the loss of a loved one. You do not have to do it alone. An attorney experienced in these claims can advocate for your interests so you can focus on healing.