When a person dies and the family believes the death could have been avoided, they should immediately contact a law firm that specializes in wrongful death cases. Even if the family does not necessarily suspect foul play or negligence but is unsure about the circumstances surrounding their loved one’s death, an attorney can help them find out what really happened which in itself can bring closure. In many cases, especially where there is blame, the facts are intentionally kept from the family.
What Is Wrongful Death?
In the simplest of terms, wrongful death is the death of a person resulting from the wrongful act of another person. This could involve negligence or a death that occurs as the result of an intentional or reckless act. For example, we have brought wrongful death cases resulting from death in prison, road accidents, toxic mold, medical malpractice, and many other sad and compelling circumstances.
What Happens When I Retain a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
The lawyer will likely conduct a forensic examination – not a physical examination of the victim, but a forensic examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding their death. If the lawyer determines that the death should not have occurred, the estate of the deceased individual will bring a wrongful death case. A lawyer can help the family recover damages for the pain and suffering experienced by the loved one before death, as well as their projected earnings had they lived.
The lawyer will probably bring in an expert pathologist to show what caused the death. The defense will often say, based on the autopsy, that the person would have died anyway, claiming without scientific evidence that they were suffering from various conditions. No two cases are the same, so it is important to work with a highly skilled attorney who will review every detail, leaving no stone unturned.
Wrongful Death Is More than a Legal Matter
When dealing with the loss of a loved one, the family is looking not only for justice, but for vindication. Essentially, the victim speaks through the power and voice of the lawyer who prosecutes the case. This process can be an important part of healing. For many families, a wrongful death case is not about the money. It’s about knowing the facts, gaining closure and ensuring that the liable party pays.
If you believe the death of a loved one could have been avoided and want to make sure you know exactly what happened, contact us to schedule a consultation.