Wrongful Death Lawyers
Our team of dedicated lawyers represents persons who have suffered serious injury or wrongful death, economic loss, personal loss and future damages due to negligence, including serious automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, defective automobile equipment accidents and negligence.
Wrongful death is considered to be a death that has occurred through the wrongful act or negligence of another. A wrongful death may arise from accidents, malpractice and or as the result of an intentional act. More than 43,000 people in the United States had fatal injuries due to motor vehicle accidents.
A wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party is generally initiated by or on behalf of the spouse, children or family of the decedent, through their lawyer. In some unique situations, someone other than the deceased’s immediate family are able to recover damages if they relied upon the deceased for support.
Recoverable damages in a wrongful death case may include:
- Hospital and medical care
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Compensation for the financial aid the deceased would have provided in the future
- Compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, love and moral support the deceased would have provided (loss of consortium).
In addition to the wrongful death claim, the decedent’s estate may, in certain cases, have a claim for medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering preceding death.
The law in this area is very complex and can involve many areas of the law. It is sometimes difficult to assess the damages due to their intangible nature. If you feel that someone close to you has suffered a wrongful death due to the negligence of another, seek the advice of a wrongful death attorney.