The Basics Of Wrongful Death Claims

May 26, 2023 in Uncategorized | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

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A person’s carelessness has led to someone’s death a countless amount of times. Laws vary from state to state and may interfere with criminal punishment but that does not always mean there would be an interference with a wrongful death claim. When regarding a wrongful death claim, although there may not be enough evidence to convict the somewhat guilty party, there is still a way that they are found responsible for the wrongful death. 

Although it may seem self-explanatory, many do not understand that a death has to occur in order to pursue a wrongful death claim. Our friends at The Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch explain that there are several ways a life may be loss but this does not mean wrongful death claims can be pursued, below are different examples of deaths that may lead to a wrongful death claim:

  • Criminal or negligent acts that cause harm or death to someone deliberately. 
  • A product sold or bought that is defective or labeled improperly and leads to a death.
  • Airplane, truck, and car accidents that lead to homicides.
  • Negligence by a medical professional, commonly known as medical malpractice that results in a loss of a life.
  • Unsafe or hazardous conditions in the workplace.

The financial burdens left behind once a wrongful death occurs is what typically leads to a wrongful death claim. Medical bills that typically follow are intensely overwhelming and left to be the survivors’ responsibility. Damages that are recovered will then go to this person for these reasons. The survivor, in most cases, is a spouse or child or someone that was also financially dependent on the deceased. So these people habitually pursue wrongful death lawsuits. Based on state laws, aside from the medical bills left behind, the courts will determine the monetary damages that would be rewards to the claimant. The court considers health conditions and age, amongst several other factors when making a decision about the damages to be recovered. 

The loss of a loved one is already heavy enough. If you or a loved one is in a connection with someone who has died a wrongful death it is imperative that you speak with a lawyer that is experienced in wrongful death claims. It is likely that you will go against insurance companies that are represented by very skilled lawyers, so it is best that you also hire a very skilled personal injury lawyer that will be able to negotiate for you and demand the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve.

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