Wrongful death is a tough case to pursue, but when done right, can get you the compensation you deserve for losing a loved one and can make the person or company that caused the death take responsibility. If you are looking to bring a wrongful death suit, it helps to know more about how it works, what you should do to pursue the case, and how you can go about finding the right attorney.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death suit is a civil action in which you seek damages against a third party for causing the death of one you love or represent. Usually, you would bring a wrongful death suit when criminal action has failed to produce results, but this isn’t necessarily the case: You can also bring a wrongful death suit when you haven’t yet tried the case criminally.
Essentially, wrongful death describes a situation in which a person has been killed or allowed to die when they needn’t have done so if another person hadn’t been negligible, violent or otherwise acted irresponsibly. Often wrongful death suits are brought by members of a victim’s family against the responsible party, and may or may not accompany a criminal charge.
How Do You Determine Wrongful Death?
This is a complex issue. Wrongful death suits can’t be brought by just anyone, but must be undertaken only by representatives of the deceased party’s estate. Each state has its own set of statutes describing how wrongful death suits work and what the procedures are for bringing such action. These might be brought in conjunction with actions such as:
- Personal injury
- Conscious pain and suffering, or
- Medical or other costs incurred prior to death
To bring a wrongful death suit, multiple factors must be present. These include the death of a person; the death being a result of someone else’s negligence, violence or other intent to harm; proof that surviving family members have suffered financial consequences as a result of the death; and the appointment of a personal representative.
Finding a Wrongful Death Attorney
If you are looking for such a personal representative to help you ensure a wrongful death suit gets brought successfully against someone you believe to have harmed your family, seek out an attorney who has plenty of experience in this area. If you find a successful attorney with an excellent track record, your chances of winning your case and receiving the compensation you owe due to the loss of a family member are much better.
If you want help bringing a wrongful death case, contact Williams and Williams Law Firm, LLC by calling (770) 823-2711 or emailing through the contact page of our website today. You have a right to damages from the financial consequences, as well as the grief and suffering, the death of your loved one has caused. Don’t wait to get in touch.