A wrongful death lawsuit involves the death of a person that is caused by the negligence or malicious action of another person or from some kind of strict liability, such as the liability for faulty products. If a family member or someone who supports you has been killed because of negligence, product liability, or violence, you might be able to bring a wrongful death action to recover damages for lost care, support, benefits, inheritance, and more.
An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury that results in death. For example, a blow to the head during an altercation that later results in death is an injury that is intentionally caused. The driver of an automobile who unintentionally causes the death of another in an accident may be held liable for her negligence. An individual who, in violation of local law, neglects to enclose a swimming pool in his yard can be held liable for the omission or failure to act if a child is attracted to the pool and subsequently drowns. Examples also include a negligent employer, the manufacturer of a faulty or dangerous product, or a violent criminal.
Unarguably, there is no monetary compensation that can substitute or cure the pain caused by the loss of a loved one. In addition to mourning your loss, you are also faced with the unpleasant financial and legal issues that are involved with the death.
If you think you might have a wrongful death claim, please contact us as soon as possible because of the statute of limitations. Most states require that all claims related to the accidental loss of a loved one must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. Our office is experienced in the analysis and representation of individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one as the result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.
In wrongful death suits, we seek to obtain the maximum amount of financial recovery for you to help cover the victim's loss of income and benefits. We also seek to obtain financial recovery for medical, hospital, and funeral expenses, and compensation for your pain and suffering, and any psychological trauma or mental anguish suffered by the survivors.
Our office does not charge any upfront fees to represent you in this type of action. Instead, the firm will charge on a contingency basis, that is, it will retain only a percentage of the amount it recovers for you. If there is no recovery, then there is no charge for attorney's fees or any of the costs our firm incurred pursuing the claim. This fee arrangement enables anyone who suffers injuries and loss to obtain legal representation regardless of their financial situation.
This information does not constitute legal advice.