It’s always painful to lose someone you love. It can be gut wrenching if that person was taken from you due to the violence or carelessness of another party. The first thing you should do is give yourself time to grieve and deal with the pain of losing someone unexpectedly. It’s also very important to take steps to hold the responsible party accountable.
What Types of Cases Fall Under Wrongful Death?
Here are just a few examples of valid wrongful death suits:
- Automobile accidents
- Slip and falls caused by the negligence of a person or business
- Medical malpractice such as misdiagnosis, anesthesia errors and surgical errors
- Defective products or failure to warn consumers about the risk of using products
Building a Strong Case
If you’re seeking restitution for the wrongful death of someone you love, you need to present a strong case your lawyer can pursue in court. A skilled personal injury attorney experienced in wrongful death suits can be your greatest ally in a trying time.
Here are some of the important steps your attorney can pursue to build your case:
- Conduct witness interviews: If there are any eyewitnesses to the accident, it’s important to gather statements about what each of them saw. An experienced attorney knows what questions to ask and document to strengthen your position.
- Expert witnesses: Expert witnesses can speak to the causes and liabilities pertaining to your case. They add validity to your side of the story.
- Gather Evidence. Strong evidence builds a strong case. A skilled wrongful death attorney knows how to find and use the facts needed to help win your case.
Write down your own notes and add in another that can help strengthen your case. This helps you stay organized and ready for your next meeting with your attorney and for the trial if the case goes to court.
How Can You Determine if You Have a Strong Case?
As the plaintiff, you have to prove that the defendant’s negligent or reckless actions violated a standard duty of care. Therefore, it’s essential to show that the injuries suffered during the negligent or willful act were the main cause of death. If your attorney can prove negligence, you are entitled to compensation, which can take on the following forms:
- funeral and burial costs
- the pain and suffering the deceased went through
- medical costs
- loss of the deceased’s income for dependent survivors
- loss of inheritance
- pain and suffering of the plaintiff
A wrongful death suit can’t bring your loved one back. However, the restitution you receive can help provide for family members left behind.
Call the office of Armando Personal Injury Law at (813) 906-1168 to schedule an appointment regarding the specifics of your case or you can fill out the online form.