Every single day across the country, someone is killed as a result of the negligence of another person. While this is extremely unfortunate, it is important that their families get restitution and financial compensation so that they can pay for funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of wages as a result of time lost from work. In today’s blog post your local attorneys in Memphis, TN, the Porter Law Firm, will be discussing a few of the instances that might qualify as wrongful death, and what our attorneys in Memphis can do to help your family in the event of one of your family members experiencing a wrongful death.
What Qualifies As A Wrongful Death?
As we briefly mentioned above, a wrongful death refers to an event where one’s life is ended as a result of the negligence, or misconduct, of another person. Being that the “defendant” is no longer living, it is the responsibility of the family of the late defendant to sue for wrongful death.
What Are Some Situations Where Wrongful Death Might Apply?
- If someone is to be killed in an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, or tractor-trailer accident as a result of another vehicle operator's negligence, their surviving family members may sue the person responsible for the death of their loved one.
- If someone is killed as the result of dangerous premises from drowning, falls, electrical shock, or burning as a result of the property owner’s failure to repair the premises or their inability to clearly warn the deceased individual of the dangers, the deceased individuals family may sue for reparations.
- If an individual is to die as a result of a medical malpractice, or a defective product, their family can seek to sue the medical professional or the product creator to pay for any damages that might be inflicted upon the family.
Wrongful Death Damages
In a wrongful death lawsuit, the family members of the wrongly killed family member are seeking reparations for the damages inflicted on their family as a result of the accident. The most common damage that is sought out is financial damages. Financial damages can include many different financial losses ranging from medical care, funeral costs, loss of support, loss of services, loss of inheritance prospects, and more.
It is the duty of the courts to deem what is a fair compensation for the damages inflicted, and it is the job of your attorney in Memphis to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation secured.
Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death?
When an accident occurs that results in wrongful death, it is up to the family of the deceased individual to seek compensation for damages. There can be many complexities associated with the legitimacy of who can sue, but it is typically the spouse, or descendants of the deceased individual that may file a lawsuit. In complex situations, the duties are passed to the closest family member of the deceased individual. If your family member has been killed as a result of another person’s negligence, it is important that you get in touch with one of our attorneys in Memphis right away for legal aid and legal representation.
For Legal Representation, Contact The Porter Law Firm Today
Wrongful death cases are far from simple, making it necessary for you to get in touch with a wrongful death lawyer like our here at the Porter Law Firm right away. Our experienced team of wrongful death lawyers will help you prepare for the lawsuit, as well as help you navigate through it while providing you with legal aid.
Contact the Porter Law Firm today for a free legal consultation.