The first action to take when you believe you have a wrongful death claim is to contact an injury attorney. Our attorney’s can give a free evaluation of your circumstances to determine whether to proceed.
Losing someone close could be a tragic incident in anyone’s life. The pain becomes even worse when the death was the result of negligence or a wrongful act. A civil wrongful death lawsuit can help provide compensation to the victim’s beneficiaries. Beneficiaries can include the surviving spouse, child or parents.
It is alarming to note that nearly a quarter of all deaths in the US could be attributed to wrongful deaths. The majority of the causes for such deaths include automobile accidents, fires and burns, falls, drowning and poisoning. The other major types of wrongful deaths brought to trial include medical malpractice, defective products, personal injury, catastrophic injury, nursing home abuse, criminal acts, and work related accidents.
The amount of recovery for wrongful death can vary depending on your unique circumstances. In general, survivors may be eligible to claim the following damages:
- Expenses incurred due to the death of the victim
- Benefits lost due to the victim’s death
- Loss of estimated future earnings anticipated over the lifetime of the victim
- Pain and suffering by the victim’s survivors
- Loss of care, consortium and companionship
- General and sometimes Punitive damages
An important step in a successful wrongful death action includes determining what individual or entity is at fault. Evidence will need to be discovered about the incident site and statements obtained from witnesses. Our attorneys can help guide you through this process and establish a successful path towards a wrongful death settlement.
Wrongful death claims are subject to statute of limitations. Potential claims can be lost if they are not filed in time. To preserve your rights contact our firm for a free consultation.