There is nothing worse than losing someone we love to a preventable accident. It’s the type of life event that forever changes us.
When someone dies due to another person’s negligence, the surviving family can start a wrongful death lawsuit. There are many types of negligence that can cause wrongful death, including medical malpractice, car accidents, work injuries or unsafe or defective products.
Oftentimes, taking the proactive steps of commencing a lawsuit can help families heal from the tragedy of losing a loved one. Many people find a sense of empowerment in the knowledge that they’re doing something about their loss that helps to prevent others from suffering a similar misfortune. Some families feel as though they’ve regained a sense of justice for their loved one by telling their story through the litigation process. These experiences can be conducive to a family’s grieving process.
While certainly no dollar amount can fill the resulting void of losing a loved one, monetary awards in wrongful death cases are designed to ensure that families’ financial needs are met for many years to come. These monetary awards can assist a grieving family by:
- offsetting expenses such as funeral costs or the costs of selling a home and relocating
- paying for grief counselling
- replacing the family’s lost income due to time off work after the death
- providing compensation for the family’s pain and suffering
- replacing the deceased person’s contributions to the family, such as:
- income they would have earned up to the age of retirement
- child care, pet care, elder care or care for a dependent family member that the deceased person used to provide
- housekeeping and home maintenance previously performed by the deceased
You may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit even if the deceased person did not earn any income prior to their death. Our courts recognize the value of contributions to the family in other ways, such as that of a stay-at-home parent or caretaker to an aging or dependent family member.
After losing a loved one, families need a legal advocate that’s responsive to their needs and whose skill and professionalism instill the confidence of knowing that their future is secured. Our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers has the skill and experience required to recover full compensation for families who’ve lost a loved one.
Our team of legal professionals will investigate the circumstance of the wrongful death by:
- collecting forensics, police and prosecution records,
- collecting medical and coroner records,
- hiring the expertise of a forensics expert where necessary,
- gathering witness information about the circumstances of the death, and
- gathering witness information about the loved one’s life and role in the family prior to their passing.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your lawyer will want to take immediate steps to preserve evidence and ensure that developments are properly documented from the very start. This is important because it can be difficult to gather evidence and prove your case after an extended period of time has passed. People’s memories fade with time and documents are lost. There are also strict limitation periods you need to be aware of which can severely restrict your ability to recover compensation.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, we invite you to contact us and speak with one of our lawyers. We’ll explain your rights, options and what you could expect if you chose to commence a wrongful death lawsuit.
Negligence that results in death demands justice. The Kagan legal team ensures that those responsible for the death of another are held accountable and that the surviving family is fully compensated for many years to come.