Wrongful Death And How An Attorney Can Help
A wrongful death attorney explains that it is fair to say that many of us have experienced the death of a family member at some point in our lives and it is also fair to say that it is without doubt an emotional and traumatic time. However, when a loved one unexpectedly dies through no fault of their own, then words cannot begin to describe how devastating this can be to the family of the victim, both emotionally and in many cases financially too.
In circumstances such as these, it is understandable that the family’s first thoughts are probably not to call upon the services of a team of wrongful death attorneys, as they begin to come to terms with what’s happened. However because of strict statutes of limitations in cases such as these, then this is exactly what they should be doing.
When a wrongful death occurs because of negligence in the workplace, it is clearly very serious and in some cases the negligent party, depending upon the extent of their negligence, could be facing at the very least, a huge fine or at the very worst, a prison sentence. This being the case, many business owners will look to cover their tracks. This may mean putting right the hazardous area that caused the accident, or covering paper trails that show or admit liability for such an incident. If an investigating wrongful death lawyer does not get to hear of the incident for some considerable time, then they have no hard evidence to go on, other than that of witness statements. This can make it very difficult (although not impossible) for the representing attorney to build a case.
So how can an attorney really help?
As already discussed they can thoroughly investigate the wrongful death. However they don’t necessarily do this on their own. On the contrary, attorneys that have the financial backing behind them can call upon a wealth of independent experts who can investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and can seek to prove negligence. People such as accident investigators, specialist machinery experts, safety and heath advisers and even forensic scientists, can all be called upon to help. This leaves the attorney and their team able to take down witness statements. The expert findings can be coupled together with the witness statements and from this the attorney will have a clearer picture of who is to be held accountable. From this they can look to file a wrongful death claim.
When it comes to seeking compensation for such a claim a team of wrongful death lawyers will be looking for damages for their client that are unlike any other type of claim. In any other type of personal injury claim, the representing attorney would seek recompense for their client for immediate and ongoing medical expenses, and loss of wages whilst in recovery. However with regard to a wrongful death compensation claim, because the victim is no longer with us, the focus of the compensation claim switches from the victim, and instead becomes focused on the needs and requirements of the surviving family members. With this in mind compensation can include:
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of main breadwinner wages
- Grief and suffering caused to the family
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of father figure (if applicable)
- Any loss of inheritance
- Loss of sexual relations
- Punitive damages (in some cases)
As you can see, it is easy to understand how claims for wrongful death can run into millions of dollars. In most cases the perpetrator will want to settle out of court, because the defendant will want to avoid any media attention or publicity. In addition to this, a claimant may feel that they cannot face going to court after all that they have been through. A skilled lawyer will always act with the client’s intentions at heart and as a result will always do what is right for them.
For a family member, wrongful death is a horrendous experience that many of us will never have to go through, but when it does, it’s good to know that there is an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer standing by to help. They will not only act with compassion, but will also have the client’s best interests at heart in order to fight their corner and deliver maximum compensation that the client truly deserves.