The death of a loved one is one of the most devastating times anyone can go through. Life can be cruel, but when an automobile accident that could have been prevented causes the death of a loved one, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit if you want compensation for your loss.
A wrongful death lawsuit claims that the victim was killed as a result of carelessness on the part of the person or company being sued, and that the victim’s survivors are thus entitled to money as a result of the negligence. A wrongful death lawsuit consists of four elements:
- The death was caused, in whole or part, by the conduct of the defendant.
- The defendant was negligent or strictly liable for the victim’s death.
- There is a surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents.
- Monetary damages have resulted from the wrongful death.
Not all deaths are wrongful deaths, but if you believe that your loved one’s death was caused by the carelessness or irresponsibility of someone else, you should think about meeting with an experienced wrongful death attorney. That will put you hopefully on your way towards a wrongful death settlement.
How Do I Know If I Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed due to a number of circumstances, such as:
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Occupational hazards
- Criminal behavior
- Death during a supervised activity (for example, a person drowns in a pool that has a lifeguard on duty)
Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought against a wide variety of people, such as the driver at fault in the fatal car accident, a negligent employer, the manufacturer of a faulty or defective product or a criminal.
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Our frequently asked wrongful death questions answer this question in detail, but — depending upon the circumstances — the following people may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Spouse/Domestic Partner
- Foster Children
- Those that may Stand to Inherit /Money
Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, but an experienced wrongful death lawyer can help an insurance company know how much your loved one meant to your family.
Why Hire Our Wrongful Death Lawyers?
Since 1992, the wrongful death attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC have been helping people just like you cope with the loss of a loved one and get justice for your loss.
Our firm’s founder, Michael Pines, understands that a wrongful death is a difficult time for you and your family. We know that you are already going through tremendous pain and suffering, so we know that our job is to help ease it by handling the legalities of your wrongful death claim.
Our wrongful death lawyers can recover money for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of expected inheritance
- Loss of current and future earnings
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of care, comfort and support
At the end of the day, our main goal is to help you obtain the financial compensation you need. This time can be very emotional for you and your family, so you shouldn’t have to worry about fighting with insurance companies or worrying about a wrongful death lawsuit. We’re here to help you recover the maximum wrongful death settlement with the least amount of stress.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a wrongful death accident we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.