The death of a loved one is among the most tragic human experiences, more so when it would have been preventable and was caused by the negligence of another. In such circumstances, family members may be able to obtain compensation from the party at fault.
A wrongful death claim can be pursued by the spouse, parents or children of a person killed in an accident through the fault of another. The issue of fault is one that will be determined through the legal process, as with a personal injury case.
Wrongful death cases often arise from automobile accidents. If another driver was at fault, then recovery may be obtained from the driver or from his or her insurance company. If a fatal accident is the result of a brake failure, tire defect or other manufacturing error, then recovery may be obtained from the manufacturer responsible.
Wrongful death cases also arise from workplace accidents. The party at fault may be the deceased person’s employer or another party.
Monetary damages in a wrongful death case are based on several factors, including the mental anguish of family members, the loss of the deceased person’s earning capacity, loss of companionship and loss of inheritance.
If you believe that you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, then it is important that you contact LaGarde Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your rights. We have years of experience with such claims, and we can give you an accurate evaluation of your potential case. We are also a family law firm that treats our clients like family, and we will show you respect and compassion in what we know is a most difficult time for you and yours.