Many of us have heard the horror stories of a young and beautiful prom queen getting struck down by a drunk driver, or the husband coming home from work is texting on his phone and runs a red light, only to cause a fatal accident. Unfortunately, these occurrences happen more than any of us would like to admit, however, that doesn’t change the fact that they do happen. In the wake of such accidents, it can be hard to discern the right course of action — especially in the case of the family and spouse of the decedent. Nonetheless, it is important in these catastrophic circumstances to acquire the expertise of an wrongful death attorney and ensure that you and your family receive the compensation you are entitled to for your loss(es).
Throughout this article, we will address the concept of wrongful death, when to file a wrongful death claim, what you may be entitled to, and how a wrongful death attorney can help you during the process. If you have questions, it is best to consult with a wrongful death attorney to determine the right course of action for your specific case.
What is a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is when an individual perishes due to the negligence, wrongdoing, and/or ill intent of another. When such a death occurs — such as in the case of distracted driving, driving under the influence, or reckless driving — the family and spouse may be entitled to compensation for the decedent’s income and estate, and even for the pain and suffering of coping with the loss itself.
If you think that the circumstances of your loved one’s death are due to another’s negligence or malpractice, you should enroll the professional help of an wrongful death attorney from Hale Injury Law for an insightful consultation.
Determining Compensation for a Wrongful Death Claim
When it comes to providing compensation for the loss of a loved one to wrongful death, it is a highly investigative process to determine appropriate compensation for said loss. Yet, despite the fragility of such circumstances, attorneys have begun looking into certain factors to determine the magnitude and measure of compensation:
- The income received by the deceased
- The pain of loss
- The savings and estate of the deceased
- The degree to which the surviving family members were dependent on the income of the decedent
- Expenses for medical and funeral costs
Obviously there is no amount of money that can compensate for losing a loved one, but at least the survivors of such a happening can find solace in financial security and stability in the times to come.
How Can an Attorney Help You With Your Wrongful Death Claim?
It can difficult knowing the subtleties of a wrongful death claim considering they vary from state to state. As such, it is important that you enroll the expertise of a wrongful death attorney to assist you in investigating the situation further and developing a case. If you or a loved one has suffered in the circumstances of what you to be a wrongful death or wrongful damages, don’t hesitate to consult with a wrongful death attorney from Hale Injury Law and ensure that you and your family are well compensated for your loss.