4 Important Factors of Wrongful Death Cases
Losing a loved one is always painful and is something that no one ever wants to go through. Those feelings of pain and suffering only amplify when their life is taken away by someone else’s negligence. Our law office understands that these situations are extremely difficult to handle, but we can help to provide your family with the right to pursue justice for your loved one. Here are 4 important factors to know about wrongful death cases:
1. What is Considered Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs anytime someone loses their life due to it being someone else’s fault, negligence, recklessness, or criminal behavior. With such a large umbrella, it can be hard sometimes to figure out if a case falls under the definition. The important thing to know is that wrongful deaths can occur in a multitude of ways, including auto accidents, physical abuse, medical malpractice, and more. If you have any questions about the qualifications of a wrongful death case, contact our team of experienced attorneys and we will be happy to walk you through the details.
2. Who Can File for Wrongful Death?
The state of Tennessee has a pretty clear process when it comes to filing wrongful death cases. Generally, the appropriate party who files is the spouse of the deceased. If there is not a living spouse, then the right passes down to the decedent’s surviving children. In cases where there is not a living spouse or child, the right passes down to the next of kin. It’s key to know that only the appropriate party can file for a wrongful death suit, and our law office is here to help if you are trying to figure out who that person is.
3. What Compensation Can You Receive?
Once a wrongful death claim has been filed, you can seek compensation for the full value of the life of the deceased family member. This can include anything from lost wages and benefits, medical bills, and funeral costs, as well as the intangibles of pain and suffering that comes from losing a loved one. At our law office, we take these cases very seriously and we can help you fight for everything that you are entitled to when it comes to losing a family member.
4. Who Can Be Held Responsible?
The short answer to this question is just about anyone. You are able to sue any person or entity that has committed wrongdoing that leads to the death of your loved one. Tennessee state law provides the right for all persons who caused or contributed to the death to be sued. If you believe that multiple parties are responsible, our firm can help determine who should be sued and how much fault should be assigned to each person or entity. We have an experienced team who is willing to fight for you and justice for your loved ones.
Would you like to learn more about wrongful death cases or other types of personal injury that our law office handles? Contact us today and we can set you up with a free case review to get the process started.