Wrongful death attorneys represent the surviving family members of people who have lost loved ones due to someone else’s wrongful conduct. Our attorneys are compassionate and they are aggressive making them strong advocates for grieving family members. Grieving family members deserve to be compensated for the losses they have sustained in losing their loved one and the person whose wrongful conduct caused the death should be held accountable.
There are several reasons that family members are reluctant to bring wrongful death claims. The two most common reasons that our attorneys hear from clients are that family members do not want to have to relive the pain of the accident that caused their loved one’s death and that wrongful death compensation is not going to bring back their loved one. Our attorneys at SMT Legal know that wrongful death cases are difficult and emotional, but successful claims help families begin to pick up the pieces and move forward with their lives.
Helping you move forward
Our attorneys know that no amount of compensation can make up for losing a loved one, but wrongful death compensation may help you and your family in the following ways:
- Helping with unexpected financial struggles due to losing a loved one
- Protecting your family’s financial future
- Making up for financial support and benefits your loved one would have provided had he or she survived
- Paying for medical bills and funeral expenses
- Providing some closure and a sense of atonement for the conduct that led to your loved one’s death
Common wrongful death cases
Our attorneys handle all types of wrongful death cases. Some of the most commonly seen cases include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, boat accidents, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, train accidents, swimming pool accidents; and slip and fall accidents.
Wrongful death compensation
Depending on the circumstances in a wrongful death accident, compensation for surviving family members may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of the deceased’s financial support
- Loss of the deceased’s benefits and services
- Loss of companionship and guidance
In some cases, a survival action may also be appropriate. Survival actions compensate the estate for the damages sustained by the deceased as a result of the fatal accident. Survival actions are typically brought when the deceased survived for a period of time after the accident before he or she died. Depending upon the circumstances, recovery may include the deceased’s pain and suffering and lost wages.