Unfortunately, sometimes a case moves beyond personal injury into the realm of wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, you owe it to your family to work with an attorney to ensure your future is secure.
Defining Wrongful Death
In a personal injury suit, a person sustains injury from another person, usually as a result of negligence. When that person is killed through an accident, that’s when it elevates to a wrongful death suit. The deceased’s family or estate brings the suit. They do so to seek compensation for support and maintenance that is denied spouses and dependent children when a family member is killed from wrongful death.
If the deceased was originally injured as a result of the accident and received medical treatment, the suit will include that expense as well as compensation for the pain and suffering the family incurs from losing their loved one. Lost wages and funeral costs may also be added to the total amount sought.
When Personal Injury Becomes Wrongful Death
It’s possible that a person could be injured in an accident and start a personal injury case. As the suit continues, however, that person could die from their injuries. When that happens, the case ceases to be a personal injury suit and instead becomes a wrongful death suit. Also, at that point, the person who is the plaintiff switches from the deceased to a family member or representative.
Dealing with insurance companies through these times can be confusing, and it’s one more thing to worry about when you’re facing the heartbreak of losing a loved one. But there’s no reason to go through this alone. I’m here to help you and your family find peace and transition through your difficult loss.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney for Your Wrongful Death Case
When a family member dies as a result of an accident, you need help. You need to work with a qualified personal injury attorney. I am an expert in negotiating with insurance companies to get you and your family the compensation you need to move through life.
Remember that I never charge you upfront for your case. Only when we have reached a settlement that you agree is fair do I receive my payment. That’s just one reason you can trust that I will not approve the first offer we receive. Instead, I will negotiate and go to court if necessary to ensure your family is cared for after losing your loved one due to a wrongful death.