The unexpected loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is a devastating experience. This experience can be made all the more painful when having to deal with mounting medical bills or high funeral costs. Loved ones may be able to ease the financial strain and focus on healing by filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the negligent party.
Compensation will never take away your tragic loss, but holding the responsible person or business entity accountable for their wrongful actions can help you and your family achieve a sense of closure.
If you would like to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your love one, contact Bill Hotz and Associates to guide you through the claims process. Your initial consultation is free of charge and our experienced attorneys will help you obtain the benefits you are entitled to for your losses.
When to Take Action
Taking legal action against a negligent party that caused the death of a loved one can be a complicated process. It is important to consult with a legal representative to help you determine whether or not you have a case as soon as possible, particularly because a wrongful death lawsuit may be subject to a statute of limitations, which basically limits the amount of time you have to initiate a lawsuit. Generally, family members are allowed between one and three years from the time of death to file a claim.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim or Lawsuit
A skilled attorney may help you gather relevant evidence required to build an effective case, such as the below:
- Medical Expenses: Documents of all medical costs and hospital expenses related to the injury that caused your loved one’s death
- Funeral Expenses: Documents of all funeral and related expenses
- Lost Wages and Anticipated Earnings: Established earnings history and anticipated future earnings potential for the decease
- Lost Benefits: Documents for pension plans and insurance coverage
- Pain and Suffering: Detail the loss of consortium, or loss of companionship and support, that you experience after your loved one’s passing
Identifying the economic and non-economic damages caused by the at-fault party will help determine whether or not you may want to take legal action to pursue appropriate compensation.
Contact the highly qualified attorneys at Bill Hotz and Associates for a free consultation about your case. Our experienced team of legal professionals will support you every step of the way to protect your rights. Your family and you are entitled to receive just compensation for your losses.