When a loved one dies suddenly and tragically, family members are left holding the pieces and trying to put their lives back together. Wrongful death claims serve as a means to help the family recoup some of the financial loss that comes with a loved one’s early demise, whether the death was accidental or intentional. Although no dollar amount can replace a loved one’s place in your life, the wrongful death claim is based on the financial loss that the family undergoes due to their loved one being taken from them too soon.
Because wrongful death claims are high-value claims that are aggressively defended by the at-fault party or their insurer, it is necessary to seek the services of a seasoned wrongful death attorney when filing this sort of action. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and our Palm Springs wrongful death attorneys have been tackling complicated wrongful death claims for many years and have helped many clients collection the compensation to which they are entitled.
Wrongful Death Statistics
Accidental and intentional deaths leave a gaping hole in the lives of the decedent’s survivors, and unfortunately, they are all too common. National Safety Council data shows there were more than 125,000 accidental deaths in the United States in 2014 alone. Approximately 12 people in this country die accidentally every hour. Car crashes, including those involving impaired drivers, are the most frequent cause of accidents. Slips and falls, accidental poisonings, and house fires follow as top causes of wrongful death.
Wrongful Death Damages
When someone dies unexpectedly, the family left behind loses any financial contribution of the decedent. Wrongful death awards are generally figured to include the amount that the deceased person would have earned over the course of his natural life, had he lived. The loss of any gifts or benefits that the decedent would have contributed to the household may also be included in wrongful death damages. This includes the value of any services that the deceased loved one would have provided to the family, such as child care, for example. Some of the damages of the wrongful death suit have no economic value but are determined by the jury if the case reaches litigation. These include emotional pain and suffering due to the death, and the loss of love, protection, advice and consortium.
Case Review With Palm Springs Wrongful Death Attorney
Filing a wrongful death claim is a huge emotional strain on any family. The legalities that surround a wrongful death are complex and best handled by an attorney with a reputation for fighting for families to get them fair compensation that helps them to get their lives back together as best they can following the loss of a loved one. Hiden, Rott & Oretle’s Palm Springs wrongful death attorneys have the expertise and background to help grieving families navigate the court system and hold those responsible for their loved one’s death accountable. Schedule your free, no-obligation case review with our knowledgeable wrongful death team now.