The death of a loved one can be devastating, especially if it occurs as a result of an accident or is caused by someone being careless, negligent or acting in an intentionally wrongful way. If you have lost a family member, not only are you left behind to cope with grief, but you may also be worried about your financial future as you face the cost of medical bills and the absence of financial support that the deceased would have provided to you but for the untimely death.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our wrongful death attorneys know that there is nothing that can make the pain of a death go away and nothing you wouldn’t give to have your loved one back. However, we also understand that you need to be practical after a death and do everything possible to take care of your financial future. Our goal is to help you to protect your legal rights and get full and fair compensation for your loved one’s death so at least you can move on with your life as best you can without financial struggle.
Wrongful Death Laws and Your Legal Rights
Under the law, individuals, companies and even government entities who cause a death as a result of their careless and negligent behavior can be held legally responsible. Wrongful death laws allow close family members such as spouses, minor children, or parents of minors who were killed to pursue a claim in a court of law to pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills that were incurred to treat the deceased’s injuries prior to the death
- Funeral costs and expenses
- Lost income/wages that the deceased would have earned over his lifetime and provided for support if the untimely death had not occurred
- Lost companionship to compensate surviving family members for the loss of the important relationship in their life
Determining an appropriate amount of wrongful death damages can be difficult, especially evaluating lost companionship and a lifetime of lost earnings. You may require expert witnesses such as actuarial experts to provide information on life expectancy and on earning potential of the deceased. A wrongful death lawyer can help you to build a very strong case so you will get the full compensation that you both need and deserve after your family member has been taken from you.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death claims can arise in any situation where a person or entity does something negligent, careless or in breach of his legal obligation and the wrongful or negligent action is the direct cause of a death. For example, some situations that might lead to a wrongful death claim include:
- A car accident
- Medical malpractice including misdiagnosis or botched surgery
- A fatal slip-and-fall
- A drowning accident in an unsecured swimming pool
- A fatal dog attack
- A defective product that malfunctions in a way that causes death
In these and other situations, you can take action against whomever was responsible for letting your loved one down in a way that directly led to injury and death. Your claim can be resolved by negotiating a settlement with the responsible party (or his insurer) outside of court or by proving a wrongful death case in a court of law.
Getting Help from a Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death cases are complicated and high-stakes cases where there may be hundreds-of-thousands or even millions of dollars of damages at stake. You need to be represented by an attorney who cares about your case, who understands what you are going through and who has the legal knowledge to get you the money you deserve.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we are here to help you to get justice for your lost loved one. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help you.