Compassionate, Aggressive Wrongful Death Lawyers
The death of a loved one is an unbearable experience that is made worse if the individual was killed because of another’s actions.
Our wrongful death lawyers understand what you are experiencing and can help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. We have more than 30 years of experience recovering just compensation for clients who lost a loved one because of another’s negligent, careless or intentional actions. We are familiar with the wrongful death laws in most states and can help you determine if you have a claim and who is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you do have claim, we will conduct an in-depth investigation and build a strong case on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
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What is a Wrongful Death?
In situations where an individual is killed because of another’s actions, whether intentional or through negligence, the law allows for surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These claims are civil actions that are separate from any criminal charges or cases.
Through a wrongful death lawsuit, those who depended on the deceased are able to seek compensation for their financial and emotional losses from the individual or company that caused the person’s death.
Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim
When determining if you have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit, our attorneys will look for a number of important elements.
In order to establish that a wrongful death occurred, we will have to prove that the defendant acted negligently and caused the death of your loved one. This will require that we provide evidence demonstrating:
- Duty of Care – We must be able to prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to the victim. This means that he or she should have acted with reasonable care that would not cause harm to the victim. In a car accident case, the defendant must obey the rules of the road. In a medical malpractice case, the doctor must act as others with similar training would under similar circumstances.
- Breach of Duty of Care – We must be able to provide evidence showing that the defendant breached his or her duty of care by acting carelessly, negligently or intentionally. This can include a motorist who was speeding, ran a red light or was under the influence. It can also include a doctor who provided a level of care that fell below accepted standards within the industry.
- Causation – Finally, we must prove that the victim’s death was a direct result of the actions of the defendant. The defendant’s lawyers will likely try to argue that the person’s death was caused by something other than the defendant’s actions, such as a preexisting condition or another element in the case.
Having an experienced lawyer by your side throughout this process is vital to bringing a successful case. The wrongful death lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have decades of experience fighting for the best interests of families who have lost a loved one because of another’s actions. We are dedicated to helping you get the justice you deserve.
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Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death?
The laws in your state will dictate who can file a wrongful death claim, and it is best to consult a reputable attorney to determine who the correct person is.
Although the rules and proceedings vary in each state, most states will allow an immediate family member to file a lawsuit.
- If the deceased was married, the surviving spouse will bring the claim.
- If the deceased was an adult, it may be possible for the child to bring a claim.
- If the deceased was a minor child, a parent will bring the claim.
The process can become much more complicated in situations involving divorce and more distant relatives.
Additionally, if the deceased had a will, an executor or administrator will likely be appointed to administer the estate. This person will also have the sole right to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate.
In some states, after a certain amount of time has passed, the pool of people who can file a lawsuit expands significantly.
Our wrongful death lawyers have handled cases throughout the country and will be able to advise you of your legal options following the death of a loved one.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
If you are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible about your options for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Each state has its own set of laws, known as statutes of limitations, that set a time limit on how long you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, this timeframe is one to three years from the date of the person’s death.
However, if a government entity or employee caused the death, you will likely have an even shorter timeframe. Many governments require a notice of claim or other form of documentation within as few as 90 days from the death.
If you miss any of these deadlines, you will lose your opportunity to file a claim and recover compensation. It is vital that you speak with our wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible so we have time to investigate your claim and build a case on your behalf.
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Compensation for Your Loss
When determining the amount and types of compensation to award in a wrongful death lawsuit, the court will take into account a number factors. This will include the damages of the deceased from the time of the accident to the person’s death, the relationship between the survivor and the deceased, and the losses experienced by the survivor because of the death.
These types of compensation can include:
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages or income
- Loss of companionship or support
- Pain and suffering
- Lost guidance for a child of a deceased
Many states place restrictions on the types and amounts of compensation that can be awarded. Our wrongful death lawyers will carefully review the details of your claim and the full extent of your losses in order to determine the compensation you deserve. We will then work tirelessly to help you get the maximum amount you deserve and will not settle for a low settlement offer.
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Types of Cases Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Handle
Throughout our years of practice, our attorneys have handled a number of wrongful death cases that resulted from a variety of circumstances. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
No matter the cause of your loved one’s death, our wrongful death lawyers will utilize our full resources in investigating the accident in order to determine who should be held liable for the resulting damages. We will interview witnesses, analyze medical records, review video or photos of the accident, collect police and accident reports from auto accidents, and leave no stone unturned when gathering evidence in your case.
You can trust that we will put your best interests first throughout every step of the process.
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Decades of Experience
The personal injury lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs have more than 200 years of combined legal experience. During that time, we have recovered significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, so that they can rebuild their lives after the death of a loved one.
- $12 million verdict in a medical malpractice case involving mismanaged anesthesia
- $4.6 million verdict in a case of obstetrical malpractice that led to the child’s death
- $2 million verdict for the wrongful death of a child who died from complications of brain damage that was caused by medication overdose
- $1.5 million settlement in a case in which a child suffocated by a poorly designed toy
We have recovered verdicts and settlements of all sizes on behalf of families who lost loved ones in a variety of situations. Our accomplishments have earned many of our attorneys recognition by their peers, such as inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® and the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating given for professional excellence and legal ethics.
Litigation Principal Kenneth Suggs, who leads our personal injury division, is a former president of the American Association for Justice and currently serves on the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Our attorneys are nationally recognized for their commitment to fighting for the injured. And we believe that every case, no matter the size deserves the same level of resources and attention. We are committed to making sure your rights are protected and that you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
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If you have lost a loved one because of another’s actions, do not hesitate to contact the wrongful death lawyers at Janet, Jenner & Suggs. We have the experience and skills needed to handle your case.
We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis and are only paid for our legal fees if we recover a verdict or settlement on your behalf. If not, you owe us nothing.
Collectively, our attorneys are licensed to practice in more than 10 states and the District of Columbia. We have also been granted permission to practice in many more states with court approval.
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