According to The Balance, insurance policies for businesses may cover small death claims, but the amount paid by an insurance company may not fairly cover the losses that you sustained.
A lawyer may prove a significant asset when it comes time to pursue compensation in the wake of a wrongful death. An attorney can help determine what caused your loved one’s death and whether the actions of the person that caused the death qualify as negligence.
Negligence and Wrongful Deaths
Negligence refers to the failure to exercise the care toward others or failing to act in a way that a reasonable or prudent person would in the circumstances. Negligence also includes taking action that such a reasonable person would not. This definition touches on the duty of care that most have to others—the duty to avoid placing others in foreseeable harm’s way.
When your loved one dies because somebody put them in harm’s way, knowingly or not, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Some of the most common scenarios that may warrant a wrongful death suit include:
- A car accident in which the driver of the vehicle acted negligently by engaging in one or more dangerous behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, driving while intoxicated, engaging in distracted driving, or other acts that constitute negligence.
- A property owner who fails to maintain a safe premise, which may include a lack of safety handrails, wet or otherwise slick surfaces without warning signs, or an absence of proper security leading to the death of your loved one.
- A medical incident in which your loved one became the victim of inadequate or reckless care by a medical professional. The medical facility may also bear fault.
- A fire resulting from poor electrical wiring, unsafe kitchen conditions (such as uncleaned grease), or other circumstances that created a controllable and foreseeable risk of danger.
- A building owner’s failure to test for dangerous substances such as radon and asbestos, resulting in the onset of cancer or other fatal ailments in your loved one.
- A product manufacturer selling a defective product, such as a faulty airbag, that contributed to the death of your loved one.
Each of these instances may result in a wrongful death suit. If your loved one’s passing bears like the scenarios listed above, and you believe that negligence played a role, call a negligence lawyer today to find out the next steps in pursuing a wrongful death settlement.
For a free legal consultation, call 800-593-3443
A Wrongful Death Law Firm Can Handle Your Legal Fight
If the liable party in your loved one’s case acted with negligence, then you may qualify for compensation for your loss, and a wrongful death lawyer may handle your legal fight for both economic and non-economic losses from beginning to end.
Some ways a wrongful death attorney may help you include:
- Submitting your case to the courts to get your case moving as soon as possible.
- Speaking with medical professionals to obtain any documentation necessary to prove negligence.
- Collecting evidence that shows the defendant in your case acted negligently.
- Obtaining testimony from any witnesses to the dangerous conditions that caused your loved one’s death or the reckless behavior that did the same.
- Completing every legal responsibility necessary to start and finish your case, aiming to secure compensation for your losses.
- Ensuring your right to receive protection throughout the legal process.
Should insurance cover wrongful death in your case but not to the full extent of your losses, a lawyer may help you pursue additional compensation.
Legal Remedies Stemming from a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If your insurance does not properly compensate you for your losses, a wrongful death suit may provide a path to justice.
Each case differs, so awards will vary. Possible compensation from your case may cover:
- Medical expenses.
- Loss of past and future income of the deceased.
- The cost of counseling for you and other family members of the loved one.
- Funeral costs.
- Loss of companionship and comfort for the spouse and children of the deceased.
- Loss of parental guidance.
- Pain and suffering, which is almost always a part of wrongful death claims.
A lawyer may help to calculate losses and appropriate compensation.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney at Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today
Our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC does not shy away from difficult cases, and we want to ensure that you have a shot at fair compensation for your loved one’s loss. Call us at 800-593-3443 for a free consultation. You pay nothing out of pocket, and we only take a fee from compensation we secure in your favor.