A wrongful death lawsuit not only protects the surviving family members but the estate of the victim. Following an unexpected death, the victims' family will face financial burdens that they likely hadn't anticipated. By hiring a wrongful death attorney the family can attempt to recover compensation for the costs that they've incurred. The most obvious financial burdens are bills for medical treatment and the funeral arrangement. Others aren't as clear but can sometimes be more painful. The loss of a spouse, parent, business partner, friend, etc. has a serious impact on survivors and a wrongful death suit allows survivors to receive compensation for that pain and suffering.
Before a wrongful death suit can go forward, a surviving representative of the estate must step forward and file. Not just any descendant can file a suit, however. He or she must be able to prove to the court that he has a familial relationship to the deceased and that he is suffering as a direct result of the death. This is the point at which a qualified wrongful death attorney should become involved.
There are a number of aspects of a wrongful death that can result in compensation and it's the attorney's job to identify these opportunities. An attorney will likely start with bills that stem directly from the death, like the burdens mentioned above, and then look at other financial matters. This can include the lost income from a deceased spouse. Finally, the attorney will determine the emotional distress the death has caused and attempt to establish a value for that and also look at what kind of suffering the victim experienced prior to his death. All of these factors go into determining the compensation that you deserve.
While any criminal trial related to the wrongful death can bring justice to those who caused the wrongful death, the civil lawsuit can provide a much more tangible result and can ensure that a family isn't left trying to pay for others' mistakes.
This post was written by Michael Ehline of Ehline Law Firm PC at 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor, Los Angeles car accident lawyer, dog bite and wrongful death lawyers. You can contact them at 213.596.9642 and 888.400.9721.