Have you lost a loved one recently? Was it due to natural causes, or as a result of an accident?
If it is the latter, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit, if you can prove that your loved one’s death was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Nowadays, there are many cases of wrongful deaths. Almost every day at least one person loses their life as a result of someone else’s reckless behavior. In order to obtain the compensation, you have to be able to prove that it was the other party’s negligence that caused the accident.
Here is what you have to do after losing a loved one as a result of wrongful death.
Understanding The Situation
First and foremost, you have to realize the situation you are in. From a legal standpoint, you will not know for sure where you stand until you consult with a knowledgeable attorney. Do you have one on speed dial? If not, feel free to call Seattle wrongful death lawyers and schedule your initial consultation, completely free of charge.
Once your case is evaluated, you will know exactly what to do next. In most cases, that involves filing a wrongful death case.
Some people do not understand who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Usually, the ones eligible are:
- Spouse or a partner
If the deceased had no spouse or partner and no children, their parents can file a claim. If the deceased had no parents, either their grandparents or other relatives could bring the claim.
Proving negligence is the most important thing in every wrongful death case. To do so, your attorney will have to hire several professionals who will:
- Investigate the scene
- Recreate the scene
- Gather evidence
The police report, as well as the doctor’s report, will help in the investigation (if the deceased died in the hospital as a result of injuries received from the accident). Once enough evidence is gathered, the attorney will present the case and prove that it was indeed the other party’s negligence that caused the death of your loved one.
In some cases, the party responsible could be the entire company or a medical facility. If your loved one died as a result of a defective product, you could sue the entire company.
Upon filing a claim, if granted, you will receive compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- The deceased’s lost wages
- The deceased’s earning potential (if the deceased was a big earner, you could end up getting millions of dollars)
- Loss of benefits and medical care
- Loss of consortium, parenthood, and enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- The deceased’s medical bills
Call wrongful death attorneys in Seattle today, schedule your consultation and learn more about how you can obtain the highest compensation possible, as well as how you can prove negligence in a wrongful death case. Services of attorneys are at your disposal and offices are open Monday to Friday. Feel free to give them a call or send them an email, and they will get to you within 24 hours.