If you’ve lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, you have the right to seek justice by filing a wrongful death claim with an attorney. At Church and Page, our attorneys are committed to helping you recover from this tragic circumstance. Nothing can replace your lost loved one, but you do deserve to at least have financial compensation that covers your lost loved one’s income, inheritance, and the company they brought to your life. Read on to learn about beginning the process of a wrongful death claim, and schedule a free consultation with our attorneys if you have questions about getting started.
What Happens If My Loved One Passed Away Without A Will?
When a loved one passes away due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek justice. Because the victim of the wrongful death has passed away, any legal action needs to be brought forward by the estate of the deceased person.
An estate is defined as “the degree, quantity, nature, and extent of interest that a person has in real and personal property. Such terms as estate in land, tenement, and hereditaments may also be used to describe an individual’s interest in property. When used in connection with probate proceedings, the term encompasses the total property that is owned by a decedent prior to the distribution of that property in accordance with the terms of a will, or when there is no will, by the laws of inheritance in the state of domicile of the decedent. It means, ordinarily, the whole of the property owned by anyone, the realty as well as the personality.”
Since wrongful deaths happen when least expected, many victims did not have a will. Cases like these are called “intestate.” There are steps a law firm will need to take to pursue a wrongful death action, and our law firm is prepared to help. At Church and Page, we are committed to putting in the work to make your wrongful death claim successful. We pledge to help you and your family help you through this incredibly difficult time. If a probate attorney is involved, we will work alongside them to ensure your case goes as smoothly as possible.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Get From A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Discuss the details of your loved one’s wrongful death with an attorney in order to discover the kind of compensation you may be able to receive. You may be able to receive compensation for the following:
- Punitive damages
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Expenses for medical bills
- Expenses for physical damages such as a vehicle destroyed in a fatal accident
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Generally speaking, the compensation you will be awarded is reflective of the financial assistance that you will no longer be receiving as a result of the loved one’s wrongful passing. The idea is that your settlement will cover the income, inheritance, and companionship that you lost due to this tragic circumstances.
What Factors Affect The Amount Of Compensation I Can Get From A Lawsuit?
No two wrongful death lawsuits are the same. The unique circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, your family’s financial circumstances, and your loved one’s income, medical benefits and more will all come into play, among many other factors:
- The state of health of the deceased and how old they were
- The value of their medical benefits, which were lost
- The victim’s annual salary and income
- The cost of a wake, funeral, or other burial services
- Any medical bills or expenses that were accrued
- The financial circumstances of the victim’s remaining loved ones
As previously mentioned, every wrongful death case is different. The only way to truly know for sure how much money your wrongful death case is worth is to contact a personal injury lawyer and schedule a free consultation. You can use this opportunity to ask any relevant questions, and your attorney will provide you with all the information and tools you need to move forward.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Church And Page Today If Your Family Has Suffered From A Wrongful Death
Our wrongful death attorneys are committed to providing the compassionate attention and care to this situation that you and your family deserve. We’ll stop at nothing to secure you the maximum financial compensation that you can be awarded, so that you and your family can find some peace and move forward with this situation.
Call today to schedule a free consultation with our wrongful death attorneys today. Your first consultation comes at no charge and no obligation to you.