In the moments, the hours, the days, and the months after losing a loved one, the last thing that a person wants to think about are the formalities. There are so many calls to be placed and plans to be made that it can be easy to overlook the possible, deserved compensation. While all deaths are tragedies, and the vast majority are the fault of no one, there are those situations that could have been prevented. When your loved one dies as a result of another person’s, or entity’s action or failure to act, then you have good reason to make one more phone call – to an attorney.
There are many people, businesses, and even government entities that can be deemed liable for loss of life. If poor road conditions could have been prevented with proper maintenance, a surgery could have been successful had a doctor acted faster, or if an accident could have been prevented had the car contained trustworthy components, then wrongful death may be the ultimate ruling.
It is generally expected that the person who files the claim against the alleged guilty party would be a family member expected to inherit from the deceased. This could mean that it is a spouse, a son, daughter, mother, or father. The laws governing wrongful death lawsuits are slightly different from state to state. So, if you believe that the death of your loved one was the result of another person, business, or entity’s poor judgment, then the very best thing that you can do for yourself and the loved ones who have survived is to speak to an attorney about your rights. You may be entitled to monetary damages, which will not fix the loss that you have suffered, but may provide a sense of justice that can give you strength as you heal.