When a family is forced to cope with the sudden death of a loved one due to an unforeseen and catastrophic accident, it’s often very hard for them to wrap their heads around what actually happened, let alone figure out what to do next. One day their parent, spouse or sibling is making plans for the future, the next they’re their life has been tragically cut short. One can hardly be expected to make any moves in the immediate aftermath of such an event. Eventually, however, someone has to be held accountable for the tragic and untimely loss of your loved one, and proving wrongful death will take the help of an experienced and qualified attorney.
While it may seem easy enough to prove a claim of wrongful death, it’s not as cut and dry as one might think. Your lawyer has to prove that your loved one’s death was the result of the malice or negligence of another, whether it’s a business or an individual. It must also be proven that the level of compensation being pursued is in line with the economic hardship that the family has suffered due to their loved one’s death. The defense will do everything they can to avoid paying out these usually costly awards, including disputing fault, and even saying that your loved one’s death was the result of their own actions.
Some of the more common grounds for wrongful death lawsuits include medical malpractice, prolonged exposure to a hazardous work environment (asbestos, chemicals, etc.), automobile accidents and death during a supervised activity. In order to verify whether you have a legitimate wrongful death claim, it’s important that you seek the services of an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury and wrongful death attorney. It’s also important to remember that pursuing a wrongful death suit against a guilty party is not a greedy or selfish act; it’s a means to make sure you, and your family, are taken care of.
The personal injury attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC have years of successful experience helping our clients pursuing damages in wrongful death lawsuits. Contact us today for a free consultation.