Published On: Sun, Mar 12th, 2017

How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help Your Case

If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, the loss can be hard to fathom. In most cases the guilty party is a person or entity you trust. In other cases, a death can occur when another person doesn’t act responsibly thus leading to an accident. Whatever the case, a wrongful death is one of the most traumatic experiences a family has to go through.  

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In recent times, the number of wrongful death in society has increased and this is one reason the number of wrongful death has increased. If you have lost a loved one and you feel there is enough grounds to sustain a wrongful death case, it is important to talk to an experienced attorney immediately.

Using a Wrongful Death Lawyer

Most families suffer in silence especially when the deceased was the sole breadwinner. Some are dragged into poverty as they lose their homes while children are forced to halt their studies. A wrongful death attorney has the expertise and resources to successfully file and pursue a wrongful death case to ensure your family is sufficiently compensated.

While no monetary compensation will bring back a loved one, the family gets closure when the negligent party is charged and the money helps to meet financial obligations. The family will not be forced to change its lifestyle due to loss of the breadwinner.  

There are different incidences that can lead to a wrongful death claim including:

  • Auto accidents: This is the major cause of personal injury deaths with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), saying over 41% of fatalities are DUI-related.
  • Medical malpractice wrongful death: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) says 1 in 5 medical errors can be fatal. The same report says over 100,000 Americans die due to medical malpractice. Medical problems leading to wrongful death include use of defective devices, delayed or improper treatment, misdiagnosis, birth injury and lack of informed consent among others.  
  • Unsafe premises: Poorly constructed and maintained premises can lead to accidents including slip and falls leading to wrongful death. Workplace deaths also fall in this category. Situations leading to wrongful death include asbestos exposure, manufacturing industries, and transportation industry accidents among others.
  • Defective products: Some products in the market can cause death and they range from pharmaceutical, beauty, toys, defective vehicles among others.

Once your attorney has reviewed the case, they will advise on the best course of action. This is an intense process that includes a lot of investigations. This is one reason you need a highly experienced attorney with enough resources to carry out research and investigate even large brands and organizations.

When filing a wrongful death claim, your attorney will also determine the type of damages. Common damages in wrongful death include also loss of wages, medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

To strengthen your case, an experienced wrongful death law will carry out extensive research and keep you informed at every stage. These legal experts have your back when things are tough and they fight in your corner despite all the odds. They have the legal expertise to understand the statute of limitation, expected length of the case, and the amount that you can win among other issues.

Author Bio  

Jim Timpson is a wrongful death attorney working in New York City. He has worked in the legal profession for over 35 years. He also writes a blog touching on various legal issues. Visit his blog here for more information.

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