What do the following accident and injury headlines have in common?
- Automobile Driver Collides with a Pedestrian
- Medical Doctor Botches a Surgery
- Poorly Designed SUV Rolls Over on the Interstate
- Customer Is Assaulted in a Poorly Lit Parking Lot
The answer is that any one of these can result in a fatal injury for the victim due to someone else’s negligence. When someone dies as a result of another party’s negligence, legally it is known as a “wrongful death.”
Obviously, losing a family member can be emotionally devastating. But when the death is related to carelessness on the part of another person, then the loss becomes much harder to accept. The death of a person has an IMMEDIATE impact on the family members left behind. In an instant, lives are changed forever. That’s why the law provides a legal remedy for surviving family members in the form of a wrongful death claim. If successful, the family members may be rewarded compensation for:
- Medical Expenses
- Funeral Expenses
- Loss of Future Wages
- Mental Suffering
It is important to remember that just because a person dies in an accident, the death may not be “wrongful.” Instead, a wrongful death suit is valid only where someone else causes the person’s death through a wrongful act, neglect, or carelessness. In other words, a suit for a wrongful death should be filed only if the death is caused by the intentional acts or negligence of someone else.
While nothing can replace a lost loved one, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can provide some level of comfort and assurance in the face of uncertainty and grief. No one would trade the life of a family member for a check, no matter how large. However, there are some kinds of losses the law cannot fix, such as death. The damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death suit are intended to make the loss more bearable by compensating the family.
A wrongful death lawsuit is complex, so you need our firm on your side to help you. And remember: If a family waits too long to file a wrongful death suit it may lose the right to file suit at all.
LET US HELP YOU
The last thing most people think of after the death of a family member is calling a lawyer, but there are many important reasons to do so. First, we can help you determine if you have a wrongful death claim at all. And, the sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can work to preserve valuable evidence that will help you win your case.
We can help you negotiate the often complex legal world and arrange for the necessary expert witnesses and others essential to proving your claim. We will work out an arrangement that means you do not have to pay for this expert advice and assistance by the hour.
Please call us if you ever have any questions on these issues. Remember, the better your case, the more likely that an insurance company representative will contact you offering a fraction of what you deserve.
The Law Offices of Richard M. Katz is striving to improve safety with more comprehensive education to ensure the protection and safety of the public. Please help us by calling today if you have lost a loved one to wrongful death.
**Actual resolution of legal issues depends upon many factors, including variations of facts and state laws. This newsletter is not intended to provide legal advice on specific subjects, but rather to provide insight into legal developments and issues. The reader should always consult with legal counsel before taking action on matters covered by this newsletter.