Having a loved one pass away is hard for everyone. It can be made even harder if your loved one was killed due to someone else’s negligence. This kind of death is called a wrongful death. More specifically, a wrongful death is when one of your loved ones dies due to someone’s negligence misconduct, or intentional recklessness. A wrongful death case is when the family or the estate of the deceased person can sue the person or party that is liable for their death. So can you sue for wrongful death? Definitely, and here is how.
The first thing you should do after one of your family members has been involved in a wrongful death case is to contact a wrongful death lawyer. A wrongful death lawyer is an expert at handling these tricky cases and is going to work hard to make sure you get the representation you and your loved one deserves. Wrongful death can occur in a variety of different circumstances. Victims being intentionally killed, like a murder case, victims dying as a result of medical malpractice, and car accidents as a result of negligence are a few examples of the most common wrongful death cases.
To successfully win in a wrongful death case, there are four points the plaintiff has to be able to prove. The first thing they will need to prove is that the death of your loved one was caused in part or fully by the defendant. Next, you’ll need to prove that it was the defendant’s negligence that caused this accident to occur. You’ll then need to prove how your loved one’s death has affected you and your family emotionally, for compensation. Lastly, you need to prove that their death resulted in monetary damages. Proving these four steps can be tricky, which is why it is a good idea to hire a wrongful death lawyer ahead of time.
If your loved one has been involved in a wrongful death accident, contacting a wrongful death lawyer and getting started on getting compensated is crucial. There are so many things you can be compensated for like medical costs, funeral and service costs, the pain and suffering of your loved one before their death, the loss of the deceased person’s income, and the loss of a loved one or companion. These are only a few of the many things you can be compensated for. Though it isn’t impossible, it is a lot harder to work to get these things compensated if you wait too long. If you have any questions or feel like you may need a one, contact a wrongful death lawyer here at Robert J. DeBry and Associates today to talk about what steps you should take next.