Need an Injury Attorney for a Utah Wrongful Death Case?
Every year, hundreds upon thousands of people are killed in serious accidents across Utah. Yes, this means that laws need to change and people must start abiding by the laws that dictate motor vehicles, commercial trucks, and more. However, not every accident will be prevented due to the measures put in place today, which means that you may be desperately trying to figure out how you will compensate for a loved one after they have lost their lives in a horrific accident. The careless actions of a negligent person took your loved one’s life and now you wonder how you can compensate through it all. We can help in your time of need. However, first, you must assess your case, as there are circumstances that call for wrongful death claims every year in the U.S., with many families suffering due to the loss of their loved one.
Where do you begin with your case? How can your attorney help you when you are already going through a difficult time?
4 Elements of Any Wrongful Death Claim
Every wrongful death claim has 4 elements, each dictating the unique circumstances in your case. These include the following:
Negligence: Negligence is shown when a driver does not take proper precautions to protect somebody from harm. They have instead utilized recklessness or carelessness that led to the accident.
Breach of Duty: A duty is owed to the plaintiff, like obeying traffic laws in a motor vehicle accident.
Causation: You must be able to show that the negligence caused by the driver was the reason for the accident that took the life of your loved one.
Damages: Were there economic or non-economic damages as a result of the accident, from the hospital and medical costs to funeral expenses or pain and suffering by the family?
Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Those who suffered harm in some way due to the death of a loved one may be able to compensate for these damages. If you are a designated beneficiary or part of the decedent’s estate, you may be able to compensate for losses suffered by your loved one as well as the family. You may be able to bring this claim based solely on your relationship to your loved one, such as being a spouse or child of the loved one, all the way to a parent, sibling, adopted child, domestic partner, and more. Many people may have the ability to file one of these claims in the event of a loved one losing their life.
Compensating in Your Time of Need
There are many types of damages that stem from wrongful death cases. The first set of damages you may be able to file for are those that have been suffered by your loved one before they lost their life. When they were involved in their accident, did they suffer physically before passing away? There may have been medical bills involved with a hospitalization, which you may be able to recover from. In the second category, you may be able to compensate for losses that you have personally sustained due to the loss of your loved one. Maybe you had to pay out of pocket for their funeral or you have been supporting their child since there has been a lost income.
These are very trying times and we want to help if your loved one has lost their lives in a Utah accident. We understand how desperate you may be feeling now that your loved one has been taken away due to the negligence of another party, and we want to talk to you today. Speak with an experienced attorney to retain your rights and compensate in your time of need.