The death of any close friend or family member can be tremendously difficult to deal with, and realizing that death was due to another person’s negligence and thus could have been prevented can make the pain unbearable.
Even in mourning, however, it’s important for loved ones of the deceased to know that they have rights, and filing a wrongful death suit can help bring a sense of closure and justice to an unimaginable situation.
With that being said, if you have recently lost a family member to someone else’s negligent actions and are wondering whether hiring a wrongful death lawyer is worth it, keep reading to discover the benefits such an attorney can bring to families in grief.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is filed when someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct results in someone’s death. Wrongful deaths can happen in many situations, including motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, property hazards, product malfunctions, and cases of medical malpractice.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Suit, and Who Can Be Held Responsible?
In general, only close family members, such as a spouse, domestic partner, parents, siblings, and children, can file a wrongful death suit. In some cases, exceptions can be made to allow financial dependents or an estate representative to also bring forth a lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawyer can help you bring a lawsuit against the person or party responsible (either directly or indirectly) for your loved one’s death, whether they be a driver, doctor, or business entity.
Why Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Be a Beneficial Move
While hiring a wrongful death lawyer and filing a lawsuit can seem daunting, it can be worth it to do so for a few significant reasons:
While winning a lawsuit can never make up for losing a loved one, many families find peace of mind in knowing that the person or entity responsible for their death has been brought to justice, as it often brings with it a sense of closure while validating that their loved one was not at fault for what happened to them.
One often unexpected benefit of holding the responsible party accountable for their actions is that it helps deter future negligent or reckless behavior. For example, if a medical professional’s negligence causes the death of a patient, they will likely be more careful not to make the same mistakes in the future. If your loved one died in a motor vehicle crash, that driver is likely to drive more carefully in the future and urge others to do the same.
These actions won’t bring your loved one back, but they can help save other people’s lives and keep more families from experiencing the same fate, and for some, that alone makes a wrongful death suit worth filing.
Obtaining compensation after a wrongful death is important for many reasons. For one, it can help the family pay for emergencies and the expenses incurred as a result of that person’s death, including the cost of funeral arrangements or paying off debts in which family members have shared responsibilities.
In addition, compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide for the family’s future in the case of a loss of future income. If the person who died was a financial contributor to their household, their survivors would likely need money to compensate for the loss of those contributions. Winning a wrongful death suit can help the family pay bills or provide for a child’s future education.
Finding the Right Wrongful Death Lawyer to Assist With Your Case
Wrongful death cases can be legally complex, as you must be able to prove that someone died because of another party’s negligence or intent to harm. You must also show that you and your family members have suffered damages (be they economic or non-economic) because of your loved one’s death. Because of that underlying complexity, it’s in a family’s best interests to retain the services of a wrongful death lawyer.
The attorneys at The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. have extensive knowledge in both medicine and law. We understand the ins and outs of wrongful death lawsuits and can thoroughly evaluate your case to help you determine your next steps.
If you have a claim and choose to file a lawsuit, we can assist you in gathering the proper evidence and fighting for the compensation your family deserves. Contact us today to learn more about our legal services and how we help families seek closure after the wrongful death of a loved one.