How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? -- The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit varies, sometimes wildly, from state to state. Most states provide family members two years from the date of death to take action. --
LANCASTER, PA, February 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit varies, sometimes wildly, from state to state. Most states provide family members two years from the date of death to take action. However, some states include in those two years the time from the accident leading to death. Commonly known as the "discovery rule," this period begins when a potential plaintiff should have "reasonably" known about the fatal nature of an injury or illness.
Some states offer an extended statute of limitations for cases involving things such as defective products or asbestos exposure, but shorter time frames involving intentional injury and other variables. Other states provide a five to ten year period, always with exceptions, during which a lawsuit can be filed.
You Need Legal Help
Not only do statutes of limitation vary from state to state, wrongful death proceeding, damages, and eligible parties vary as well. Without the help of an experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side, it is very unlikely you will ever see justice served.
It is best to contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible after a loved one's death. When your loved one has sustained an injury or contracted an illness that will inevitably lead to death, a wrongful death lawyer should be notified prior to their passing. The sooner you have legal representation, the better your chances of building an effective case and ensuring your family is provided the compensation they will require to carry on.
When choosing a wrongful death lawyer, make sure you are selecting someone who practices in your state. This will help ensure your lawyer understands state statutes and can take the action most likely to result in a successful outcome.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident and would like to learn more about your rights, please visit the website of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyers at Atlee Hall, LLP for additional information at http://www.atleehall.com.
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