Have you recently lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident? The Stanley C. Franklin Law Firm knows how devastating it can be to suddenly lose a family member as a result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Family members lose the love, companionship, comfort, guidance, and often, financial support of a deceased family member. If a loved one has dies after an accident or injury caused by the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or entity, you may be entitled to bring a legal action for wrongful death against those responsible.
In most cases, the insurance company or employer of an at-fault party will immediately begin to investigate a death and will go to any length to defend their company or employee who caused the occurrence that resulted in the death, regardless of the degree of negligence on the part of the at-fault party. Immediate investigation by an experienced attorney on behalf of the deceased loved one is essential to ensure that the at-fault party does not succeed in further wrongfully placing blame on the deceased person who no longer has a voice of his own.
Different states have different methods for deciding who may file a wrongful death suit and who may recover damages. Generally, it must be shown that the death was caused by another’s wrongful act; that the act was such that the decedent would have been due damages from the act; and that monetary damages did arise from the act. If these three criteria are met, it is possible that a wrongful death claim can be filed.
Especially in light of time deadlines for filing such a lawsuit, you should contact the Stanley C. Franklin Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and your potential case.