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Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Monday, March 13th, 2017
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If a third party is responsible for the death of another person, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against them. When someone loses their life due to the negligence or recklessness of another, they are entitled to compensation and legal address. Unfortunately, the person that lost their life cannot fight against the wrongdoings of the party that hurt them. A wrongful death lawsuit, however, can be made by a family member or other qualified person. The process of filing this type of legal case can be complicated. Read on to learn about the ins and outs of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

A family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for their loved one’s death. This can be done even if the person at fault is already facing punishment in a criminal court for murder, homicide, or manslaughter. The family of the victim is still entitled to a civil lawsuit. In cases where a fatality results from a company accident rather than an individual, the only course to be taken is to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Recoverable damages

A wrongful death lawsuit allows the family to recover financial compensation for damages. The damages you are able to recover depend on the laws in your state. You can ask for economic damages, which include things like funeral expenses and medical costs related to the death. You can also ask for non-economic and punitive damages. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of inheritance. Punitive damages are often given in addition to economic or noneconomic damages. These damages are used as a form of punishment for the liable party.

Getting legal help

The intricacies of any legal process can be difficult to handle. If you are looking to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you do not have to face the battle alone. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you get the money you deserve.

If you would like to learn more about filing wrongful death lawsuit and how you can obtain legal help, contact Attorney Dean Boyd. Call us today at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our services. You can also visit our office at 4423 SW 45th Ave in Amarillo, Texas or 5012 50th St #103 in Lubbock, Texas for more information about how we can help you during this difficult time.