Experiencing the death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can change your life forever. You may be overwhelmed by medical bills and the costs of funeral arrangements; however, you may be able to recover by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. One of the first steps you can take is to speak to a wrongful death attorney, who may be able to help you with a variety of circumstances related to your case.
- Intentional Harm
Some wrongful death cases do not always involve accidental death. For example, if someone shot or stabbed your loved one in a case of premeditated murder, this could also be considered a wrongful death. Your attorney may also be able to inform you about whether crimes of passion, robberies and other intentional acts that end in the death of your loved one are eligible for a wrongful death case.
- Defective Product Death
Sometimes manufacturers release products that are defective and can cause serious harm or death if they are used. Past examples include defective products, such as cribs, that have caused the death of an infant or a malfunctioning car part that resulted in a fatal accident of one or more people. Your attorney can help gather evidence concerning the product and how it caused your loved one’s death, such as whether the company announced a recall of the product and if the business owners were aware of the issue.
- A Loss of Income Claim
If your wrongful death case involves the loss of your spouse and he or she was your primary source of support, an attorney who specializes in this area may be able to help you recover your financial losses. You could claim a variety of losses including a loss of income, companionship and future earnings that your spouse could have brought to the household, depending on the nature of his or her death.
- Death of a Fetus Case
Depending on the state in which you live, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you lost your unborn baby due to someone else’s actions. A wrongful death attorney can examine your case, determine whether the fetus’s death was a direct cause of an accident or violent act and whether your home state allows such cases to be heard in court, as each has varying laws.
When you suffer through the untimely death of a loved one because of another’s negligence, you do not have to bear the burden of filing a wrongful death case alone. Reach out to a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible for further assistance and information.