Losing a loved one is always a tragedy that plays a significant mental, emotional, and physical toll. But sudden, unexpected losses are often the most difficult to cope with – such as in the case of a wrongful death.
Wrongful death means that, unfortunately, your loved one passed due to the mistake or oversight of another person. And in the aftermath of this, the hardest time of your life, it can be tempting to close the door and try to forget.
But even if you don’t want to go down the lawsuit or litigation route, it’s still in your best interests to speak with a wrongful death attorney and discuss your options. Snedaker Law can give you the advice and support you need to move forward – whatever that looks like. We stand behind you and any decision you make.
By definition, a wrongful death is any death caused by another persons’ negligence or carelessness. In other words, it could have been preventable if everyone involved took proper care.
One of the most frequent causes of wrongful death is car and other vehicle accidents. Many of these are the result of distracted or impaired driving, where it is easy to see how the drivers’ actions directly lead to the wrongful death of the person.
Medical malpractice and negligence are the other most commonly pursued wrongful death claim. If you can prove that improper medication, an accident during surgery, or some other kind of mistake led to your loved ones’ death, you can take action against the medical practioner(s) involved.
Other wrongful death claims include construction, work-related accidents, and unsafe or mislabeled consumer products.
Any direct relative of the deceased is able to file a wrongful death claim. However, their relationship to and dependence on the person can have an impact on the outcome of the case.
The surviving spouse of the deceased is often the claimant in a wrongful death case. In other cases, it may be on behalf of a parent who lost a minor child or a child who has lost a parent (in which case, they should be compensated for the loss of that emotional and financial guidance).
In certain cases, adult children who lose parents can also gain compensation from a wrongful death.
We know there’s nothing in the world that can replace your loved one or truly compensate for their loss. But you deserve a fair settlement that can help you through this extremely difficult time.
Most wrongful death claimants are looking to cover medical and funeral expenses as well as the loss of financial support. You can also seek compensation for emotional support, mental pain and suffering, and mental health services for you and your family.
As with most types of law, the settlement of the average wrongful death claim depends on the circumstances involved. Working with an experienced lawyer is your best chance to get the compensation you deserve.
Don’t let your emotions in this moment make your decision. Even if you don’t intend to seek damages, speaking with a lawyer is the only way to ensure you fully understand your legal options from this point forward.
For example, Florida’s statute of limitations states you only have two years to file a wrongful death claim. If you choose not to speak to a lawyer but later discover new information about your loved ones’ death, it may be too late to take action.
An experienced lawyer can also negotiate aggressively on your behalf to prove that your loved ones’ passing was directly attributed to the actions of someone else, even if time passed between the accident and their death. We’ll work hard to ensure you are compensated fairly for the pain you feel.
At Snedaker Law, we always stand behind you and your decision. We bring compassion and clarity to help you through this unthinkable time – and the expertise and experience to get what you deserve. Get in touch today:
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