It’s unfortunate when a loved one passes away because of another driver’s negligence. We understand that this time is difficult for you and other surviving family members.
However, there is a limited window of time for the decedent’s estate to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our wrongful death attorneys can help you win compensation for lost earnings, loss of companionship, and other damages.
Continue reading to learn the other ways we can help you prove wrongful death after a fatal car accident.
DETERMINE WHO WILL FILE THE CLAIM
Your first step will be to determine who will file the claim. This will be easy if the decedent appointed a personal representative in their will to settle their estate. Otherwise, the court will appoint their spouse or next of kin as the personal representative.
- PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Ais someone the decedent appointed in their will to settle his or her estate. If you’ve been appointed as a personal representative, we recommend contacting a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to help you through the process of bringing a lawsuit.
- COURT-APPOINTED FAMILY MEMBER
If the decedent didn’t leave behind a will (a condition called intestate) or appoint a personal representative, the probate court will choose an appropriate person. Typically, this person is the surviving spouse. However, the court will work through a list of descending kin until a surviving family member can be appointed. Family members may also volunteer for the role of personal representative.
HIRE A WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Head-on collisions are considered the deadliest. However, our car accident attorneys have experience representing a variety of cases and are ready to help you move forward with your.
If your family is weighed down by funeral expenses or medical bills incurred before death, you can’t afford to wait. Call our law firm today to request your consultation with one of our wrongful death attorneys.
DAMAGES FOR WRONGFUL DEATH CAN INCLUDE:
- Decedent’s pain and suffering before death
- Medical bills incurred before death
- Funeral expenses
- Lost earnings
- Lost inheritance
- Services decedent would have provided
- Loss of consortium (love, comfort, companionship, etc.)