Wrongful death claims arise when someone’s death was caused by negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct of another. Normally, personal injury lawsuits seek to recover damages for the individual that personally experienced injury in an accident.

Wrongful death suits, however, are designed instead to benefit the survivors of someone now deceased. If a loved one died as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should call the seasoned Bellingham wrongful death lawyers of Walton Law, APC.

What Deaths Qualify as Wrongful Death?

You may be able to recover damages in connection with the death of a loved one in car accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence auto defects, or slip and falls. As with personal injury lawsuits, we will need to show a defendant’s liability in order to recover damages from him or her.

This may require us to prove negligence. In that case, we would need to show: (1) the defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care, (2) breach of the duty of reasonable care, (3) causation, and (4) damages. In other lawsuits, it may be appropriate to establish intentional misconduct or statutory violations by the defendant.

Wrongful death cases can be very complex and are always unique to the individual who is being compensated for the loss of a loved one. It is important to talk to our lawyers about the unique circumstances of your case before talking to representatives from the other side. You have a limited time window within which to bring your claim, so give us a call as soon as you realize your loved one’s death may have been the result of negligence or intentional misconduct.

Recover Wrongful Death Damages

If our lawyers can successfully establish liability for your loved one’s wrongful death, we may be able to recover damages on your behalf. These can include:

  • Damages for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, consortium, protection, society, and moral support you experienced.
  • Damages which reflect the financial benefit such as wages you were receiving from decedent and those you reasonably expected to receive in the future.
  • The loss of gifts or benefits you would have expected to receive.
  • Funeral expenses.

Damages may cover economic losses. These losses can be substantiated by documents like receipts, pay stubs, and medical bills. You may be entitled to non-economic damages, which cover personal or emotional losses.

Your recovery may be affected by the evidence we present of your relationship with the deceased or how the loss has personally impacted you and your life. Additionally, in certain jurisdictions, and with certain causes of action, you may be permitted to seek further compensation in the form of punitive damages; this type of damages is intended to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar behavior in the future.

The sudden loss of a family member or loved one can be too much to bear, particularly when caused by another’s wrongful acts. The complex statute of limitation laws, in conjunction with the fact multiple parties are often involved, make it very important to contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer. That attorney can analyze the specific individuals that you are entitled to bring a claim against, help you navigate the legal system, and aggressively advocate for you to recover the damages you deserve.

Consult a Seasoned Attorney About Whether You Can Sue for Wrongful Death

If you or a loved one has been injured by someone’s wrongful actions, it is important to move quickly to protect your rights and understand the options you can pursue to recover damages.

The attorneys at Walton Law, A.P.C have extensive experience handling personal injury claims.

Our award-winning attorneys will give you personalized, small firm attention to address the unique aspects of your claim while vigorously advocating for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to set up your no-obligation, confidential case review at (866) 338-7079 or complete our contact page online.

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