Losing someone you love is a difficult time in anyone’s life. If your loved one died due to the negligence of someone else, however, that difficulty increases exponentially. You have to deal with the normal aftermath of a death. You also have to worry about how to get compensation for your loss. If someone else’s negligence or ill will led to a loved one’s death, a wrongful death lawyer can help you sort through all the evidence and get the compensation you deserve.
In any wrongful death scenario, you have to prove the negligence of a third party in order to receive compensation. Courts consider defendants negligent if they did something they shouldn’t have (such as driving intoxicated) or didn’t do something they should (such as not giving someone their medications). If this negligence led to death, survivors can claim wrongful death and seek compensation. Proving negligence is not always easy. A wrongful death attorney can help you look at all the specifics of a case. They’ll find the evidence you need to support your claim.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
If you suspect someone else’s negligence led to the death, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim. A claim can be filed outside of this two-year period if the plaintiff is a minor child, the negligence of the defendants was not known at that time, a mental or physical impairment prevented the plaintiff from filing, or fraud was involved. In these cases, a plaintiff may file a claim if more than two years have passed since the death. If you were unable to file a claim or were unaware of the negligence at the time of death, an attorney can help you sort through the extended claim process.
Compensation You Can Seek
You can seek two types of compensation when filing a wrongful death claim. The first is for damages owed as a result of the death. Such damages include funeral expenses, lost wages, and medical expenses. The second type is for damages owed to the survivors of the deceased. Such damages include lost earning capacity, loss of inheritance, and mental and emotional pain and suffering. Seeking compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one can be difficult to classify. Having a qualified lawyer on your side can help you determine the amount of compensation you deserve.
Attorney Vickery has spent over thirty years helping survivors seek the compensation they deserve after the wrongful death of a loved one. He understands the emotional toll a loss can take. He works hard on legal matters so you can focus on recovery and closure. As a highly trained and qualified wrongful death lawyer, Attorney Vickery knows how to get a claim to move along swiftly and with the desired results. If you suspect someone’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, call the Vickery Law Firm today at (903) 504-5490.