Mayday Law Office provides legal representation for clients seeking damages in wrongful death suits. Wrongful death litigation usually arises from an accident that ultimately leads to the premature death of the victim. Some of these cases arise from motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, work place injuries, drunk driving accidents, medical malpractice, trucking accidents, rollovers, underrides, fires and explosions. In wrongful death cases, it is usually the family who has suffered the loss, or the decedent’s estate who bring the case forward. We understand that while money alone cannot relieve your pain and suffering or restore your loss, the law provides a remedy.
Losing a loved one is painful. Losing a loved one due to wrongful death can be even more difficult. If someone’s wrongful actions caused injuries that resulted in your loved one’s death, that is a wrongful death. At common law, there was no legal action that surviving family members could take. That changed, however, when governments began to make laws protecting survivors. Now, in every state in the US, the representative or heirs of a person lost to wrongful death may file a lawsuit for monetary damages. The laws, however, vary quite a bit from state to state, so consulting with an attorney is advisable.
The main method courts have for measuring loss in wrongful death lawsuits is pecuniary damages – that is, the court must determine the proper compensation for the financial loss that the death has caused. Though this may seem harsh or cold, money damages are the remedy that civil courts have at their disposal. Thus, when the courts measure loss, the first thing most of them turn to is quantifiable data:
- How much money did the deceased earn?
- How much money did the deceased save?
- How financially dependent were the survivors on the deceased?
The court will also take into consideration:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expense