When the result of wrongful conduct is loss of life, surviving family members and estate representatives should look to those attorneys with substantial experience litigating wrongful death claims. Our attorneys have successfully litigated numerous wrongful death claims related to industrial accidents, plant explosions, product liability, asbestos/ mesothelioma, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents. Our attorneys regularly have recovered multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients’ wrongful death claims. We have the experience to guide family members and estate representatives through the difficult times that follow the wrongful death tragedies.
A claim for wrongful death can be brought by the surviving family and estate when a victim’s death is the result of a negligent, reckless or intentional act or failure to act. The family and estate may be entitled to a compensatory monetary award including the value of the lost life, medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future wages and benefits, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering by the decedent and the surviving family, and loss of companionship, love and affection. The family, estate, and survivors may also be entitled to punitive damages. A claim for wrongful death must be brought within a specific limited period of time after the death, which differs from state to state and can be as little as one year from the date of the death.
When wrongful death occurs in the work place, the cause of the death often is attributable to others besides the employer. Experienced attorneys are needed to work with other experts to unravel the multiple causes of these tragedies. Claims against third-party bad actors often provide the best way to compensate victim families for their terrible loss. Cook, Hall & Lampros attorneys have the experience to discover and pursue all claims on behalf of victims’ families and estates.
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