Wrongful deaths occur more frequently than you may expect. Some, such as death caused by lethal force by law enforcement, are attracting more attention in recent years as the public comes to recognize that this type of wrongful death disproportionally affects Black Americans.
If you’ve lost someone to a wrongful death, nothing can truly make up for that loss.
However, there are steps you can take in the name of justice. In addition, you may be able to receive compensation for the hardships created by that loss.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about what you can do after a loved one suffered a wrongful death.
Hire an Attorney ASAP
Common causes of wrongful deaths include lethal force, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace deaths. If you feel that your loved one has suffered a wrongful death, your first step is to consult an attorney.
For starters, an attorney can look at the facts of your case and determine whether or not it will hold up in court. This allows you to make an informed decision before investing time and energy into pursuing a wrongful death suit.
Once it’s time to file your suit, you want to have the best representation in your corner. Take a look at these 8 factors to consider when selecting a wrongful death attorney.
File a Wrongful Death Suit
Once you’ve found a suitable attorney, it’s time to file a wrongful death suit. It is worth noting that in many states, only certain people can file a wrongful death suit. These often include the deceased’s parents, spouse, or children.
At this time, you will need to compile any necessary evidence to support your claims. First, you will need to establish that the behavior of the defendant was negligent or otherwise preventable. Then, you will need to establish that their behavior led to the death of your loved one.
Fight for Justice and Compensation
The parameters of justice and compensation will vary based on the circumstances of the incident.
For example, you may fight for the removal of the defendant from their current position or a suspension of their license. Plaintiffs often pursue this line of justice if the incident occurred while the defendant was on the job.
In addition, you will need to outline and defend the compensation you seek. For example, compensation may include things like funeral costs, lost income or support for remaining family members of the deceased, and undue suffering.
You’re Not Alone
If you’ve lost a loved one to a wrongful death, understand that you are not alone. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can fight for the justice your loved one deserves and the compensation your family needs.
Are you unsure of how to finance your case? Take a look at our financial section to learn more about your monetary options.