Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult times in a person's life. If the loss was the result of another person’s actions, whether negligent or intentional, it can make dealing with the loss even more difficult. When this occurs, survivors have the right to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation for both the loss and costs that arise from a loved one’s death.
Those who have lost a loved one should contact a wrongful death attorney when the decedent died because of the wrongful actions or inaction of another party.
Many death cases are the result of another’s negligence rather than their intentional act. This can either be the negligence of a person or the negligence of a non-human entity such as a corporation. Negligence occurs when someone fails to exercise care towards others, that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances. This can be a negligent action, or an omission (failure to take reasonable action) that leads to another person’s death.
Intentional wrongful death cases occur when someone has deliberately killed your loved one or caused their death through a deliberate assault. Such an act might be considered murder or manslaughter in the criminal justice system; however, a separate wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in the civil justice system as well. This is separate from any criminal proceedings and seeks to financially compensate the decedent’s loved ones for their loss.
Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit are both pecuniary, or economic, and non-economic.
You shouldn’t wait to file a wrongful death lawsuit, because your case may be subject to a statute of limitations which limits your ability to file after a certain period. We know this time is extremely difficult, and our experienced team will handle your questions with the utmost respect and care.