No amount of money on earth could ever replace the gaping hole that is left in one’s life by the early death of a loved one. When a loved one dies in a sudden or tragic manner, they leave behind family members that are forced to go on without them. Family members are rightfully upset when the negligence of someone else causes the early death of someone they depend on for love, support and counsel. For this reason, family members often find solace in bringing about a wrongful death action against whoever is responsible in the death of their loved ones. Wrongful death claims may be an option in both accidental and intentional deaths.
Wrongful death claims require aggressive representation. Most wrongful death actions are high-value claims that are vehemently fought by the at-fault party’s lawyers. Because of this, you need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death attorney when you are ready to pursue action against those responsible for your loved one’s death. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP maintains a staff of Chula Vista wrongful death attorneys with a history of getting surviving loved ones the damages to which they are entitled.
Statistics on Wrongful Deaths
The aftermath of a wrongful death has lasting repercussions on families and survivors who must go on without their loved ones by their side. Unfortunately, wrongful deaths are not uncommon. Data from the National Safety Council shows that in 2014 alone, there were more than 125,000 accidental deaths in our country, with around 12 people dying each and every hour from accidental causes. The most frequent cause of wrongful death is due to injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, although slip-and-fall injuries, house fires, and accidental poisonings are also top causes.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to help the family left behind deal with any financial shortfall that results from the death of a loved one. Although each case is different, wrongful death awards typically encompass the monetary amount that the decedent would have contributed to his household and family if his life had not been cut short. This may include the loss of any income, gift and benefits that the family will now miss out on because of his death. In some cases, damages are also awarded for the loss of consortium, care, community, protection and love that occurs with a wrongful death. Emotional pain and suffering are also taken into account.
As a family member who has lost someone due to the negligence of another, you are already going through a chaotic period in your life. Working with an attorney who is well-versed in wrongful death claims is the best way to navigate the legal system and get your claim filed appropriately. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and our Chula Vista wrongful death attorneys can help you find some closure in the death of your loved one by holding those responsible accountable. Contact us to schedule your no-cost case review today.