Why Do You Need A Wrongful Death Attorney
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. The mourning process is even more arduous when the cause of death is due to the negligence or malice of another individual. Families that face a loss of this nature must not only grieve the absence of a cherished individual but also wrestle with the knowledge that their death could have been prevented.
But families don’t have to settle for a simple apology when dealing with a wrongful death matter. Whether the loss is due to the negligence or carelessness of a business, medical professional, employer or motorist, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed with the help of an experienced lawyer.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in the State of Tennessee?
A wrongful death differs from an innocent accident in that negligence, recklessness or malice is present on the part of a business, organization, or individual. We often see wrongful death claims related to fatal accidents that have taken place in a hospital setting, at a place of employment, or on the highway.
In Tennessee, wrongful death suits are a type of personal injury case and brought to court by family members or personal representatives of the deceased person. In the state of Tennessee, wrongful death suits may be filed by the deceased person’s:
- the surviving spouse
- the surviving children or next of kin
- the representative of his or her estate
If the deceased person was dependent on their parents at the time of his or her death, they may file a wrongful death suit.
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Key Elements of a Wrongful Death Suit
To prove wrongful death, you must be able to show that an individual was killed prematurely, there was indeed negligence or malice (the intent to cause harm) present, and this negligence or intent to cause harm caused this individual’s death.
- Compensation may be sought for damages such as the following:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- General damages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of companionship of deceased person
- Punitive damages (in the case of reckless, fraudulent or malicious conduct)
If you or your family are dealing with the loss of a loved one due to negligence or recklessness, don’t go it alone. The Peel Law Firm will work to help you reach the most favorable outcome after suffering such a tragic event. Contact David Peel today to discuss your case and how to proceed.