What is Wrongful Death?
The untimely death of a loved one is always painful, but when the death is due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or a business, it is devastating. While nothing can bring a loved one back, holding the negligent person or party accountable for their wrongful actions can provide some measure of solace. At this time, taking legal action may not be a priority, but it is important to retain a lawyer as soon as possible as there are certain time periods that these cases need to be handled in.
The wrongful death process was designed to offer a civil legal remedy that will provide financial support to the surviving spouse, children and other family members. This process ensures that the person or persons at fault take responsibility for their actions and compensate the family, so that they are not financially disadvantaged by the wrongful death of their beloved.
How Wrongful Deaths Occur
Wrongful deaths can occur from a range of events or accidents. The definition includes that the person was killed due to negligence or misconduct. In these cases, the law allows wrongful death suits to seek monetary damages for those who depended on the deceased for financial and emotional support.
Cases of wrongful death include:
- Emergency Room Medical Malpractice
- Anesthesia Malpractice
- Auto Accidents
- Birth Injuries
- Workplace Accidents
Who can file a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In most cases, immediate family members (such as spouses and children) of the deceased can file a a wrongful death suit. There are certain situations where grandparents, siblings, and other family members who relied on the deceased can file suit as well. It is important to consult an attorney to discuss the details of your case and those involved to determine if you have a legal case to seek compensation.
Wrongful Death Damages
The court will consider a number of factors when determining the amount of damages to be awarded for a wrongful death lawsuit including economic and non-economic damages. The factors include relationship to the deceased, savings of the deceased, financial dependence on the deceased, expenses incurred as a result of the death, as well as the amount of money earned by the deceased.
Although no amount of financial compensation will ever make up for the loss of a loved one, there is comfort in knowing that the responsible parties have been brought to justice, which can provide a sense of closure, and there can be piece of mind in the financial payment received for the wrongful death suit.
How Can The Bennett Law Center Help?
The Bennett Law Center is committed to representing families that have been harmed by another person or businesses negligence, wrongdoing, or misconduct. Our philosophy is built on two principles: working aggressively to achieve fair and just results for people who have suffered losses, and to provide a high level of care and service during this difficult time. A settlement will insure that the remaining family members are financially secure and also make sure that those at fault are publicly held accountable for their wrongdoing and/or negligence.