The premature and wrongful death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional misconduct is one of the most painful experiences we can face. The many emotional, physical, and financial effects of wrongful death impose challenges which deserve the professional assistance of experienced, compassionate, and aggressive attorneys.
Whether the wrongful death is caused by a motor vehicle collision, medical negligence, nursing home abuse, or other negligent, reckless, or intentional misconduct, there are special rules and procedures involved to recover compensation for the decedent’s estate and the family of the victim.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
There are typically two elements to a wrongful death action; one involving the claims of the decedent’s beneficiaries for the various losses caused by the wrongful death of a loved one, including the losses of love, comfort, assistance, guidance, and financial support, which are often inherent to family relations. The other element is described as a "survival claim," so the decedent’s estate may recover for the suffering, impairments, anxiety, and emotional distress experienced by the decedent before his or her death. As with all legal matters there are specific procedures, and time limitations (known as "statutes of limitation"), for filing wrongful death and survival claims. In some contexts, like the wrongful death caused by Medical Malpractice, deadlines for filing these separate claim elements may differ. Therefore, we encourage you to call as soon as possible if a loved one has died because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional misconduct of another.
Our attorneys work closely with family members to help them through these difficult times, and to assist them in finding the resources needed to come to terms with the many, seemingly overwhelming crises caused by a wrongful death. Indeed, our attorneys maintain an active and direct role, and we are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to our clients’ needs. We have the experience and proven success to handle all aspects of wrongful death claims, and are available for a free consultation.