The expression, “wrongful death” is used to refer to the circumstances where a person dies or is killed as a result of someone else’s willful misconduct or negligent actions. In these harrowing situations, family members are often burdened with additional worries about how their family will survive financially without the income, benefits or support that their loved one had provided. Fortunately, when an individual’s life is taken in this manner, our legal system allows for the surviving members of the victim’s (decedent’s) family to recover from their financial and emotional losses, through wrongful death lawsuits.
The justification behind lawsuits involving wrongful death is that not only did a person lose his or her life due to another party’s deliberate act or negligence, but their loved ones have also been directly affected, financially and emotionally, as a result of the death, for which they are entitled compensation. The heirs or other beneficiaries of the decedent may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or business entity responsible for their loved one’s death. Wrongful death lawsuits are often filed following many different types of accidents and occurrences, including car, truck or motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, use of defective or dangerous products, work accidents, or E. coli poisoning from a restaurant. These are just some examples of the types of accidents that may give rise to a wrongful death suit, but the list is by no means exhaustive.
Lawsuits involving wrongful death can be complicated, but an experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorney will perform the extensive due diligence required to fight for justice for you and your family and compensation for your losses. Typically, in a wrongful death case, the wrongful death attorney seeks to obtain damages for the decedent’s family, which may include: medical expenses; funeral and burial expenses; present financial losses and anticipated future earnings; loss of benefits such as pension or health insurance; pain and emotional suffering; loss of love, protection and companionship for the survivors; and children’s loss of supervision and guidance. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or reckless conduct of another person, call (770) 467-3372 today for a FREE consultation with a compassionate wrongful death attorney at The Law Office of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates.