Wrongful Death Lawyer
The untimely death of a loved one is devastating—more so when it could have been prevented if not for negligence. Consulting a wrongful death lawyer could secure you the resources you need to ease the economic burden of their death.
When you lose a beloved member of your family, it’s often the case that you feel their loss not only on an emotional level, but also financial. To make matters worse, knowing that someone else’s negligence or actions are the culprit can be overwhelming.
Wrongful death can occur from another’s negligent or intentional acts. When a family member dies, end-of-life expenses and the economic impact of their loss can be devastating. Filing a wrongful death could not only help you recover economic damages, but also hold the at-fault party to account for their actions. Speak to a wrongful death lawyer today.
Investigating Your Family Member’s Case
As a civil matter, wrongful death differs from criminal charges, such as homicide. Instead, wrongful death claims are interested in allowing the family of the victim to recover compensation for the death of their loved one.
Wrongful death claims could theoretically involve any number of circumstances entailing the death of a family member through the fault of another; some common causes of death in these cases could be accidents, such as workplace or car accidents. Other times, a defendant may have acted deliberately to end your loved one’s life.
Regardless of the circumstances, you must prove the negligence or intention of the defendant in order to receive a settlement. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you understand your options by investigating the facts of your case.
Damages Available for Wrongful Death Victims
Generally, the main source of damages awarded in wrongful death cases are economic damages. These damages are usually tangible costs, including funerary costs, medical expenses related to the incident in question, and, of course, the lost income of the deceased individual.
Although these damages attempt to directly defray the economic impact of their loss, non-economic damages can be considered for the conscious pain and suffering of the deceased. The family of the victim is not eligible to claim their own emotional turmoil as part of the settlement.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Only certain individuals related to the deceased, such as their spouse, children, parents, or estate executor are able to file such a claim, and some of these may file only in limited circumstances. If you’re unsure, an experienced wrongful death lawyer can help you make sense of the process.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a beloved family member is one of the hardest things in life. When their death was caused wrongfully, taking action can help you secure the financial well-being of your family. At Monge & Associates, we approach these cases with sensitivity and compassion for the rights of victims’ families, and we can help you, too.