Questions and Answers about Wrongful Death
What is wrongful death?
Legally, a wrongful death is a death that was caused by someone else's negligence, recklessness, or deliberate misconduct. This includes cases such as:
Why sue for wrongful death?
No amount of money can ever compensate a family for the wrongful death of a loved one, and we understand that. However, families have practical needs that must be taken care of. Families are left not only with immediate medical bills, funeral costs, and other related expenses, but with ongoing financial needs as well. We will do everything we can to get your family compensation for both your immediate and your future needs.
Who can file a wrongful death suit?
Family members, including spouses, children, and parents, can file a wrongful death suit.
What sort of damages can be recovered?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to be compensated for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of benefits such as insurance coverage
- Loss of companionship, guidance, support, and love and affection
- Punitive damages
Will I have to go to trial and testify as to my losses?
Many times a trial can be avoided. We are skilled negotiators and most of the time can get you what you deserve without recourse to a trial. However, if there is a trial, you may have to testify.
What if I can't afford a lawyer after my loss?
First, we work on contingency, which means that we are only paid after we successfully conclude your case, and only as a percentage of the award that we have worked out ahead of time.
Second, although expenses are separate from our fees, we can advance you the cost of those fees until after the case is resolved.
Call or email our Chattanooga, Tennessee office today and our wrongful death attorneys will review your case with you, at no cost or obligation to you.