The death of a loved one is an incredibly difficult time for everyone. But when that loved one was killed in an accident, mistake or due to the actions of someone else, it makes the whole situation even more difficult to comprehend.
With so much to plan, arrange and organise like letting the family know, dealing with property and belongings as well as arranging a funeral and meeting their last wishes (if they had any), you might need to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Hiring a wrongful death lawyer could mean that you and your family obtain the compensation that you deserve. This money could pay towards paying for a funeral, medical costs and other debts.
But how do you know if this is the right course of action for you and your family? You can find out if you can sue for wrongful death by clicking the link, and you can also read on for warning signs that you might need a wrongful death lawyer.
Your loved one was killed intentionally
What many families fail to realise is that while a defendant can be trialled for murder/homicide in a criminal case, a wrongful death lawsuit can also run concurrently alongside the criminal case. Even if the defendant was acquitted or convicted and sent to jail, a wrongful death lawsuit can still be filed.
Death was the result of a car crash
If your loved one was the victim of a car accident, then it doesn’t mean that the person responsible cannot be held over their actions, even if it was accidental. If the other driver was proven to be at fault for the crash and negligent, then a wrongful death lawsuit is likely to go ahead. Claims can even be filed over councils and highways departments or even the company they worked for if they were driving as part of their job.
They died whilst receiving medical care
You may have heard of medical malpractice, and when a breach of care occurred which resulted in the death of your loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can also be brought against the medical practitioners that failed your loved one. These cases can be complicated and are rarely black and white, especially if your loved one was already ill and receiving treatment. However in cases where accidental and fatal damage was caused during an operation, medication error, or the wrong treatment was conducted, you may have a more straightforward case.