Wrongful Death Lawyers: What Do They Do and When Might I Need One?

By January 17, 2011 January 10th, 2018 Blog | Wrongful Death Lawyer

The death of a family member or loved one can be a tragic and emotionally charged time in your life under the best of circumstances. If you suspect that someone’s negligence played a part in the death of your loved one, it can make an already difficult time significantly worse. Common examples of situations where negligence may have played a part in the death include a vehicle accident, work accident or airplane crash, although there are numerous other situations that could give rise to a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death lawyers are lawyers that help the family members and loved ones that have lost someone pursue their legal options against anyone responsible for the death.

When negligence is involved in the death of someone, a surviving family member may be entitled to file as the claimant in a wrongful death action. Wrongful death lawyers represent claimants in wrongful death actions. State law will determine who is entitled to file as a claimant. The concept behind a wrongful death action is to compensate the surviving family member for her loss as the result of the death. For instance, a spouse may file as a claimant and potentially receive compensation for the loss of future earnings that the decedent would have contributed to the marriage, or loss of the value of future household help that the spouse would have contributed to the marriage. A claimant may also be entitled to compensation for things such as the loss of love, companionship and support as a result of the defendant’s negligence. Wrongful death lawyers are trained to understand the laws of the state as they apply to wrongful death claims. Wrongful death lawyers are also experienced at securing claimants the compensation to which they are entitled.

Wrongful death lawyers will look at the facts of your unique case and evaluate whether negligence was involved, whether you are entitled to file as a claimant and what the value of your wrongful death case may be. Due to the complexity of a wrongful death case, the assistance of wrongful death lawyers is highly advisable. Many factors go into determining whether or not a legitimate claim exists and if so what compensation the claimant may be entitled to. Nothing, and no one, can change what happened to your loved one, but if your loved one was committed to supporting you financially or emotional during her lifetime then it stands to reason that you should continue to be supported after her death. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you and your family have the opportunity to ensure your financial future despite the tragedy that had befallen you.

Wrongful death lawyers will generally offer you a consultation at no cost in order to evaluate the facts of your case and advise you of your legal options. If you have lost a family member or loved one and believe that negligence may have contributed to the death then you owe it to yourself, your family and your lost loved one to pursue your legal options.

For a free and detailed evaluation of your case please contact the wrongful death firm of Ledger & Associates at 1-800-300-0001 or visit them online at www.ledgerlaw.com.