The loss of a family member can leave survivors stunned and greatly saddened. A loss that is due to someone's negligence can put the victim's family in the position of having to contend with complicated and painful issues. Already faced with having to make funeral arrangements, family members must also address the legal matters connected to their loved one's death.
A death caused by the carelessness of some other party is known as a "wrongful death." Wrongful deaths can be the result of such things as dangerous property conditions, motor vehicle accidents and medical mistakes. In fact, they can occur in nearly every possible setting and for a variety of reasons.
Surviving spouses and other family members may be entitled to compensation in the event of a wrongful death of a loved one. But determining a fair compensatory amount can become a complex proposition. The deceased's monetary value to the family must be established.
This whole process, while necessary and important, can also be very hard to go through. After all, putting a dollar value on the life of someone you love is difficult and perhaps even somewhat guilt inducing.
This is why an attorney can be helpful in getting through the process of pursuing recompense. The attorney can help make an assessment to determine an amount that is fair to the family. If need be, the attorney could also help carry out a lawsuit against the party or parties who played a role in causing the unfortunate death.
The Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. law firm takes on cases involving wrongful death claims. On the wrongful death page of this website, you will find an explanation of how the firm approaches these cases.