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Wrongful death cases are unique because juries are asked to put a monetary number on the loss of your parent, spouse or other family member. The purpose of these civil cases is to compensate the surviving family members for damages such as the loss of emotional or financial support. It can be quite difficult to put a dollar amount on someone’s life, but an experienced wrongful death attorney can help calculate the value of your claim.
The claim review normally takes less than 5 minutes to give you an estimate. An attorney looks at factors such as what type of wrongful death occurred. This could include motor vehicle accidents, drunk driving accidents, medical malpractice and more. Wrongful death attorneys will also take into consideration who is being sued for the death. The numbers are entered into a proprietary model and the output is a claim review estimate.
A claim review starts here, online, however a human lawyer needs to review the claim details to calculate potential compensation (sorry! Every claim is different and wrongful death damages are complex). You are under no obligation to accept the estimate and best of all, the evaluation is totally free.
Wrongful Death Law
What precisely is a wrongful death case? These are civil actions brought by family members of a person who died prematurely due to another’s negligence. Only certain family members can file this type of claim; this includes spouses/partners, children, siblings, or those who suffered financially as a result of the death. Because these are civil cases, you only have to prove that the defendant was more likely than not negligent in his or her actions, resulting in the death of your loved one. This is much less proof than is required in criminal cases, which can work in your favor. In fact, it sometimes means a win in civil court, even when criminal charges were not pursued.
Types of Damages That Can Be Recovered Under Wrongful Death:
- Economic: Financial contributions the decedent would have made to the survivors had they lived, such as the loss of expected earnings or benefits.
- Non-Economic: Damages that can be difficult to assign a dollar value to, such as loss of love and companionship, or mental anguish, pain and suffering.
- Punitive: Damages: Meant to punish the defendant, which are only available in certain states.
Who Can Be Sued in a Wrongful Death Case?
Nearly any induvial or company can be sued for wrongful death. Some prominent examples include:
- Doctors accused of medical malpractice and the hospital that employs the doctor.
- Drivers (drunk or sober) who caused an accident with your family member.
- Product designers who didn’t provide adequate warnings.
- Manufacturers of dangerous products that caused the death of your loved one.
What To Do If You Want to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another person, then you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the person or company whose negligent conduct caused the injury. It’s important to contact a wrongful death attorney as quickly as possible. These attorneys typically represent clients on a “contingency basis,” in which the attorney does not charge for services until the case is resolved. Attorneys in our network provide a FREE Initial Claim Evaluation and explain how their fee structure works.
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