Have you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent actions?
If so, then we offer our most sincere condolences, and we empathize with you. A wrongful death should never happen to anyone. If it’s what prompted you to click on this article, then we are deeply sorry for your loss.
We hope we can help.
Wrongful deaths usually come with a lot of burdens. You’re grieving the death of your loved one, and you’re also facing hospital and funeral bills.
But you are not without hope. You can alleviate some of the pain with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Keep on reading to learn more about this type of case and how to win it.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
People bring wrongful death lawsuits against others whose reckless or otherwise inadequate actions caused someone else to pass away.
They are civil action lawsuits rather than criminal charges, meaning that the person charged with a wrongful death is unlikely to serve jail time.
You can, however, get financial compensation from the person responsible for the death if you win the case.
We’ll tell you everything you need to know below.
Hire an Attorney
Even if you have an abundance of evidence, hire an attorney.
There are several reasons you should do this. First, lawyers have studied law extensively and will be able to help you win your case by advising you.
Second, wrongful death cases can be very emotionally heavy. Having a legal professional on your side doing the key work for you will help you emotionally and physically manage your case.
Establish a Breach of Duty
To win a wrongful death case, you must establish the accused person violated a duty that resulted in death.
Some examples of this include a motorist failing to drive according to the law, a doctor providing inadequate or maliciously poor care, etc.
Establish a Direct Cause
Next, you will be required to demonstrate how the person’s negligence caused your loved one’s death.
Collect as much evidence as you can. Because it’s not a criminal case, you don’t have to prove the causation beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet, the more watertight your story, the higher your chances will be of winning your case.
Proof of Damages
Next, you will need to prove that the death has caused you damages.
This includes hospital bills, funeral costs, or a loss of income. Keep any receipts or other proof of payment on hand so you may use them if needed.
These damages need to be measurable so that the court can easily see the trouble the death has caused you and award you the payment you deserve.
Beyond Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If you’ve lost a loved one and pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, we hope this article has helped you.
The loss of a loved one is painful, and so it’s important that your other needs are taken care of. That’s why wrongful death cases can be so beneficial, and we wish you the best of luck.
In the meantime, if you want more life advice, check out our other articles!