A death in the family can be devastating regardless of who you are or where you live. Especially if the deceased was the head of the household, a family can find their world turned upside down in an instant. Persevering through this difficult time can be tough, but it is important for any family to understand that they have many options available to help them through their grief. You will especially want to determine if you have a potential wrongful death case on your hands. If so, you may be owed compensation that could go a long way towards pulling your family through this crisis.
Pursuing a wrongful death case, however, can prove too stressful, depending on the circumstances. You will need a personal injury lawyer that can shoulder the legal responsibilities for you. Heuser & Heuser is a Colorado Springs-based firm with this exact task in mind and, if you allow us, we can be the ones to assess your expenses and get the money you deserve.
Do You Have a Wrongful Death Case?
This is the critical question that you must first answer when deciding what to do following the death of a family member. While rules vary from state to state, technically speaking, a wrongful death occurs when someone dies due to actions or inactions of another person. Either a family member or legal representative must then file a wrongful death claim, which must pass through each state’s individual civil court system.
Types of Damages Available
Determining the type of damages available to you in a wrongful death case depends mostly on the kind of accident causing the death as well as the expenses that have been incurred as a result. For example, any hospital costs stemming from the injuries as well as the deceased’s lost wages and funeral expenses are covered. Additionally, losses experienced by the deceased’s next of kin are typically covered too. If the deceased was the head of household, these costs can get quite high.
There are also some states that allow a provision known as “loss of consortium,” meaning the cost of denying immediate family members the companionship of the deceased. You will usually find a case such as this when the adult parent of minor children dies, thereby denying them the love of a parent. Considering how difficult this can be to assess, these claims are few and far between.
Learn More About Your Wrongful Death Case
Losing a loved one is never easy, and the costs associated with such a sudden death can often be overwhelming. With just a little help, however, even the most devastating scenarios can turn around. At the very least, having someone on your side to do the dirty work will make processing your loss a lot more bearable.
This is what we aim to do here at Heuser & Heuser. With decades of experience in the legal profession, we have seen and handled almost any kind of suit you could think of, and we want to be the ones to help you with your wrongful death case. To learn more about what we can do for you or to ask any questions on the process, contact one of our representatives today.