In legal terms, a wrongful death occurs when a life is lost due to the negligence or intentional actions of another.
Such deaths can occur in particularly nasty motorcycle, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents or car accidents. They usually occur when there is a car wreck or motorists ram into pedestrians on the crosswalks or sidewalk. If the victim’s family establishes that the death of their loved one is a result of the negligence or reckless driving on the part of another, they can make a wrongful death claim, and can be compensated for the loss of their loved one.
Other possible instances include the loss of life caused by criminal behavior such as medical malpractice, nursing home neglect and abuse, occupational hazards, defective products and any other deliberate acts or derelictions of duty. However, in this article we will discuss car accidents specifically.
Car accidents, which account for a lot of these cases, are quite common in Aurora. Here, as in other parts of Colorado, most of the blame for these sometimes-fatal events is pinned on distracted driving. But whether the offender is someone texting while driving or a motorist driving under the influence (DUI), their actions usually causes some kind of damage. In the worst-case scenario, there are human casualties.
How should families deal with the loss of loved ones (and the repercussions of their death) who are casualties of wrongful death?
The typical route taken by individuals seeking legal redress for the death of a family member under such a circumstance would be to make a wrongful death claim against the person or organization they believe to be responsible for the tragic occurrence. But there is a procedure to this.
How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Works
When a car crash leads to injury or the death of an individual, the deceased’s family will want to find out what occurred. Immediately after the accident, they should hire an accident attorney to handle the case. Wrongful death cases can be difficult and the insurance companies are not on your side. You need to ensure that your rights are protected from the beginning, you don’t have to do this alone, and at AGG law firm we are here to help you through this entire process. Call now for a free, no obligation consultation. We only get paid when we recover money for you.
Wrongful death cases are complicated, while it is possible to settle a wrongful death claim with the at-fault insurance company, you should hire an experienced attorney to make sure you are getting the maximum compensation for the death of your loved one. If a fair settlement cannot be reached with the at-fault insurance company, then the aggrieved family can file a complaint with the courts through their accident attorney. The complaints will contain their reason for pursuing a case against the accused party, the sections of the law backing up the case, and the damages they seek to obtain for their loss. These damages could range from personal injury inflicted on the victim, to the loss of the deceased person’s income.
The at-fault party (the defendant) must be physically served with the complaint. They will be given a period of time to formally answer and defend against the complaint leveled against them. There is much more that occurs when a case is litigated and it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Contact our experienced litigation attorneys today to discuss your case.
What to do in the event of Wrongful Death
In the event of wrongful death, aggrieved families should understand the rights they have under the law, and take advantage of those rights. This will ultimately require that they hire an experienced lawyer, who will take up their cause in the best way possible.
A seasoned attorney can help resolve the legal complications and uncertainties that might arise when pursuing a civil case against the responsible party. There are many instances where a wrongful death case isn’t clear-cut and establishing the culpability of the at-fault party will be particularly challenging.
If your family is dealing with a wrongful death case in Aurora, AGG Law Firm can help you get closure. Our seasoned team of legal experts will see your case through from the pre-lawsuit stage up until judgment or settlement. Our services are accessible and always start with a free, no obligation consultation; get in touch with us at (720) 708-4050, and we will be there to answer any of your concerns.