Wrongful death is a term used to describe a civil legal claim against a party who accidentally caused the death of another individual. In these types of legal claims, it is wise to retain an attorney to represent your family’s interests as soon as possible after the death of your loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit may provide compensation for the medical expenses of the deceased, burial costs, impact of lost wages on other family members, and pain and suffering.
Defendants responsible for wrongful death may attempt to file bankruptcy to avoid responsibility for wrongful death claims. However, the law usually protects the legal rights of family members for wrongful death relating to recklessness or gross negligence of a defendant, such as, drunk driving car accidents. Murder is considered a criminal lawsuit. Medical malpractice resulting in death claims may be considered wrongful death but may be considered negligence.
Expert witnesses often must be called upon in wrongful death cases to quantify and justify the amount of financial compensation. Wrongful death claims are filed for damages. The wrongful death burden of proof operates under evidence that supports proof by 51% or more.
Wrongful death claims include: gross negligence acts, reckless acts, unintentional acts and Intentional acts that result in the death of an individual. Typically, a family representative is designated to represent all interested parties who are involved in the legal claim.The loss of a loved one through wrongful death is often a traumatic loss that is unexpected. These incidents may have an impact for immediate family members for the rest of their lives. The courts understand the complexity of these issues and serve to support valid legal claims.
A wrongful death claim may be filed against the defendant and perhaps, other third parties related to the case. I am keenly familiar with protecting the rights of people with wrongful death claims. I am ready and available to work with your family members to defend the validity of your legal claim and I will stand by your side through every challenge and will be there to help you win your case!
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