When someone you love dies due to someone’s negligence, make sure you have an experienced wrongful death attorney on your side.
While auto accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional death in the United States at 37,775 per year, those numbers still pale in comparison to the amount of people who die due to wrongful death incidents.
A wrongful death is when someone is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another. This can also include murder or medical malpractice, which alone kills a staggering 90,000 people per year.
No amount of money will bring a loved one back but Shamieh Law will still fight to alleviate the financial burden that comes along with this tragic event.
Our team is experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate enough to help guide you through the process to the result you deserve.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is defined as the loss of life to a person as a result of another’s actions.
It doesn’t matter if the act was intentional or unintentional. It has no correlation with criminal action.
This means that a defendant does not have to be convicted of criminal charges in order for a family to pursue civil action with an experienced wrongful death attorney.
What will your Wrongful Death Attorney Accomplish?
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks damages, in the form of monetary compensation, from any parties ruled to have caused, or contributed to, the victim’s death.
What does this mean for you, as the survivor? Your loved one contributed to your life in many ways, some of them financial.
Can any amount make up for the loss of someone you love? Absolutely not, but our wrongful death attorneys can ease the burden of carrying on without them financially. You shouldn’t pay for someone else’s tragic negligence.
Who can be Responsible for a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death attorney can help you file a claim against any person or institution that was legally at fault for a person’s death. This may include:
- Government Institutions
- Medical Institutions
What can you Receive Through a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Once an individual or entity is ruled to be liable for your loved one’s death, your wrongful death attorney will argue for your compensation for some or all of the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical/Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
The plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit can be the spouse, the children, or the parents of the victim. There are several different ways they can seek damages in a wrongful death case including:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost familial services
- Lost companionship
There is also something called a “survival action,” where family members can pursue damages on behalf of the deceased victim.
This includes pain and suffering endured as well as outstanding medical bills.
Our team has the experience needed to help you prove the defendant committed a “wrongful act, carelessness, unskillfulness, neglect or default.”
A plaintiff in a wrongful death action must prove that the defendant committed a “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” in causing the victim’s death.
Wrongful death actions must be filed in a timely manner and often involve a lengthy investigation.
It is vital to contact an experienced law firm in the Dallas or Lake Charles area immediately to start investigating the case.