Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death is a legal term which refers to circumstances
in which a person is fatally injured because of the negligence
of another person or company. Wrongful death cases may come about
in a number of different contexts, including car accidents, construction
site accidents, and medical malpractice.
These claims are obviously emotional and difficult for the survivors. Since the person is dead, the law does its best to compensate the survivors and beneficiaries for their loss, by awarding an amount of money the loss represents including the sorrow, mental anguish and loss of companionship of the person, the expected loss in income of the person who died; the expected loss of services, protection, care, and/or assistance which the person who died provided to the survivors/beneficiaries; and the expenses for the care, treatment, and hospitalization of the person who died related to the injury resulting in death. Since some of these damages are very difficult (or impossible to calculate) they are often very high. Many wrongful death lawsuits result in seven figure awards to the survivors.
As with any legal claim, time is of the essence in a wrongful
death suit. In most cases family members are overwhelmed by the
loss and the legal issues are often neglected.
However, family members need to appreciate that a prompt investigation of the accident and the facts surrounding the death is necessary. Lawyers will immediately, at their own expense seek to preserve evidence and identify the negligent acts that lead to the death.
Unlike, many injury and accident matters, wrongful death claims often involve complex and confusing legal requirements before a lawsuit or claim for damages is made. Some states mandate that a family member be specifically appointed by the Probate Court before any legal action. State law varies as to which family members may be parties to the claim and who can recover. An attorney must be diplomatic in their approach with each survivor who wishes to make a claim. State law will also determine the size of the award, with certain states allowing larger recovery based on punitive damages or other criteria.
Ultimately, from a legal standpoint it will be necessary to
prove who was responsible for the death. Wrongful death cases
are among the most contentious and volatile because of the grief
and terrible damages involved.
Submit your inquiry to our attorneys for an evaluation at no cost by experienced counsel. Our attorneys are some of the finest in the US and have achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for wrongful deaths claims.
If a family member or loved one has been killed as a result of negligence: Please fill out the information and write an informal case description in the form below. You will be contacted by an attorney who is experienced in the area of wrongful death law. Our attorneys are experienced handling claims throughout the United States.
Whenever you believe you have a claim against someone in an accident, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible in order to protect you right to sue. In most states, you have a limited period of time from the date of the accident to file a complaint against the other party (ies) involved. Nevertheless, you should always seek advice at the earliest stage possible. If you do not, it may seriously jeopardize your case: your attorney needs to act quickly and preserve the evidence: memories fade, witnesses disappear, vital records and reports are lost without quick action.
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