Stockbridge Wrongful Death Attorney
Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death in the United States among all age groups. If you receive news that your spouse, parent, or child suffered fatal injuries, it can cause immediate emotional and financial devastation. It is only natural to want to seek justice and hold the parties that caused the injuries accountable for your loss. You should allow a wrongful death lawyer in Stockbridge to evaluate your rights.
Do You Have the Right to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
An important right of survivors of sudden fatal accidents is to recover financially by filing a wrongful death claim. There are certain requirements you must meet to have this right, including the following.
Cause of death
The fatality must have occurred due to the negligence, recklessness, or criminal conduct of another person or party for it to qualify as wrongful death. Some common causes include:
- Traffic accidents
- Falls due to property hazards
- Defective product accidents
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
You must be able to identify who the party or parties are that caused the accident and fatal injuries, which your attorney can help with.
Relationship to the victim
Even if you were close with the victim, only the following people can file claims:
- Parents (if there is no spouse or children)
- Personal representative of the estate
You must be able to show that you incurred losses from the death for which you are seeking damages. Losses include:
- Lost earnings of the deceased
- Loss of companionship and care
A separate claim filed by the estate can recover for medical expenses and suffering prior to the death, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
Stockbridge Wrongful Death Attorneys Helping Families
At the law office of Ben F. Windham, PC, our wrongful death lawyers in Stockbridge represent families dealing with devastating losses. Contact us online or call 833.236.9467 for a free case evaluation.