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Wrongful death involves claims made by beneficiaries for the negligent death of a person. (A beneficiary is a person entitled to receive funds or other property under a trust, will, or insurance policy). These claims can involve death caused by car accidents, defective products, asbestosis, construction accidents or medical malpractice. For example a spouse can bring an action for the death of her husband caused by a defective scaffold or ladder. Likewise, children can bring an action against a drunk driver who kills their parents. The purpose of wrongful death is to compensate the beneficiaries for the economic loss caused by the defendant.
When should I call a lawyer?
If a family member has been killed and you believe it is the result of someone's negligence you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. A reputable personal injury attorney will not charge you for an initial consultation. The earlier an investigation is done the better. Witnesses may leave the area or will forget details the longer time goes by. Also, the statute of limitations, which is the time limit to bring this type of claim, is two years or less depending on the type of defendant. So, if you have any questions about a potential wrongful death claim, it makes sense to call a lawyer. You can contact our firm through our website by filling out the contact us form here.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, which means they get paid only if you do. The standard fee is one-third of the recovery. By law, the client is always responsible for expenses incurred during litigation, even if there is no recovery. Those expenses will be deducted from any settlement before attorney fees are paid. A good personal injury attorney should carefully explain up front the likely costs and fees of a lawsuit, as well as the chances for success. You should be completely aware of the potential costs and likely outcome of the case.