The grief that follows the death of a loved one can be greatly increased when that loss was preventable. Families have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit when such losses result from the negligence or misconduct of another party. While no monetary sum can undo the tragedy of a life ended prematurely, it can help ease the financial burden on surviving family members who face additional economic hardships. The lawyers at Emery Reddy help those afflicted by a wrongful death to recover damages in a number of areas, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and loss of future expected support, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship and/or protection.
Wrongful deaths can result from a number of circumstances, such as medical malpractice and emergency room accidents; automobile and airplane accidents; hazardous or defective consumer products; criminal behavior; and work-related deaths involving dangerous conditions or exposure to hazardous substances. In order to successfully pursue a wrongful death claim, families must prove both cause and negligence or misconduct, and establish specific losses resulting from their bereavement. Laws concerning wrongful death are highly complex and require the knowledge and resources of a skillful legal counsel. The attorneys at Emery Reddy will use their expertise to establish causation, determine projected lost earnings, protect clients from the pressure-tactics of the negligent party’s insurer, and negotiate claims for the highest compensation entitled by law.
Regrettably, parties at fault in wrongful death incidents often move on with their own lives without being held responsible for misconduct. Lawsuits can help some families secure a fuller sense that justice has been served; in addition, they sometimes contribute to better regulations or changes in our social, legal, and business culture, thus preventing similar tragedies in the future.