Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most trying times of your life. When your family member’s death was caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the grieving process only intensifies. In these instances, you may have the legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the closure and financial compensation in which you and your family are entitled.
By definition, a wrongful death is when a person is killed or death is caused due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. Those who were dependent on, or a beneficiary of or next of kin, may be entitled to monetary damages. In the majority of states, immediate family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes spouses and legal partners, children (including stepchildren and adopted children), and parents. Under certain circumstances, grandparents, siblings, and other family members that relied on the victim for support are eligible to file suit as well.
While states across America have passed wrongful death statutes in order to compel manufacturing companies, negligent motor vehicle operators, hospitals, and doctors to act carefully in their professional responsibilities, wrongful deaths do occur in situations such as the following examples:
Each state allows the next of kin, heirs, representative of estate or legal actions of a deceased individual to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the event of another party’s negligence causing the death of someone. Factors that courts consider when determining wrongful death damages one may receive include:
While no amount of financial payment can ever compensate for the loss or death of a loved one, being financially secure in your future and the comfort of responsible parties being brought to justice can provide a sense of closure and security to survivors. In some cases and states, it is important to deter others from engaging in the kind of action or conduct which will cause death to another.
The laws involved in wrongful death lawsuits are complicated and vary in each state. During your grieving period, consideration of a wrongful death lawsuit may not seem urgent-however, wrongful death cases must be filed within a specific time period or you risk losing your right to financial compensation. Also, the need for getting a lawyer as early as possible is important.
You need the help of an experienced, wrongful death lawyer who has proven successful results in other similar cases to guide you through the process and help you to receive the monetary damages you are entitled to under the law. At The Cochran Firm, we have the offices, the experience, the results, and the resources to aid clients throughout the United States. Please contact the wrongful death attorneys at The Cochran Firm today for your free case evaluation.