When a family member is unexpectedly taken from us, the pain and sadness can be tremendous. When that untimely passing is the result of someone else’s negligence, the trauma and harm can be even more significant. Loss of income, mounting medical bills, and other expenses can be overwhelming for those still coping with the loss of a loved one.
Proven Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Whiting Law Group, our leading wrongful death attorneys have represented individuals and their families in wrongful death cases across the USA. We have a proven track record of securing justice for our clients, both through fair and just settlements as well as through hard fought jury and bench trials.
Given our experience and resources, our firm is uniquely poised to ensure that all measures are taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident and conduct in question, and file a lawsuit prior to deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.
Wrongful Death Law and Litigation
A wrongful death claim is a suit that arises from the death of an individual that was caused by the negligent conduct of another. A wrongful death suit is different than other types of personal injury claims because the actual victim (the “decedent”) is not bringing suit. Rather it is the family members of the victim, or the decedent’s estate who file suit, generally through their lawyers. Thus, a wrongful death claim aims to recover damages for the injuries that surviving family or estate has suffered due to the death of a family member.
This area of law can involve every area of tort practice from truck accidents to car crashes, construction site accidents, premise liability, medical malpractice, and more.
Claims for Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Damages in wrongful death cases are to compensate for losses resulting from the death of a family member. Some losses are measurable. For example, a widow in a wrongful death suit could seek to recover the financial support that she would have received had her spouse lived. Below is a list of some of the more easily measurable expenses that can be pursued through a wrongful death suit.
Loss of Benefits – What the person could have received in pensions/retirement benefits had they lived.
Loss of Future Earnings – What the person who died would have earned in salary if he or she had lived.
Direct Expenses – Medical bills and funeral costs
In wrongful death lawsuits, other damages are more general in nature. Types of recoverable wrongful death damages include the following.
Loss of Companionship – What the person who died would have emotionally provided to a relationship and the mental pain and suffering resulting from the decedent’s death.
Punitive Damages – What amount the defendant should be punished for his or her actions resulting in the victim’s death.
The Legal Team You Need
As wrongful death attorneys, we have been fighting for the rights of surviving family members for over more than 15 years. Collectively, we have decades of experience successfully holding individuals, companies, organizations, and more, accountable for the deaths their negligence have caused. We welcome the opportunity to speak directly with you about your loved one passed. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.