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Questions are Common After a Tragedy

a close up photo of roses in cemetery grounds | frequently asked questions about wrongful deathMany people struggle to understand why wrongful death lawsuits exist. After all, no one can bring back someone who passes, and sometimes we hear about wrongful death suits being filed in cases where someone also faced criminal charges. So why do they exist? What is the purpose? Here are some of our answers to the frequently asked questions about wrongful death.

The fact is, if you are in a position to file a wrongful death suit, something terrible has happened, and you may be having trouble thinking about anything other than mourning the loss of your loved one. There are many difficult avenues to navigate after these types of tragedies, and many, what may feel like, unanswered questions. Here are two of the most commonly asked questions about wrongful death lawsuits: 

Q: What is wrongful death?

A: To understand these lawsuits, you must first understand the concept of negligence. Negligence, in a nutshell, occurs when someone behaves in a way that no reasonable person would. This could mean taking actions that a reasonable person wouldn’t take, and it may mean failing to take some action that any reasonable person would. If the negligent behavior of one person creates a dangerous situation, or fails to correct a dangerous situation, which then causes the death of another person, there has been a wrongful death. In some cases, the person who caused the death may also have committed a crime, but this is not always the case. In fact, in some cases, the negligent party may be a company rather than an individual.

Q: Who can file a wrongful death claim?

A: In order to file a claim for wrongful death, you must have standing. Who has standing varies from state to state, but generally speaking, you must be a close relative. Widows, children, and sometimes parents generally have standing to file a wrongful death claim. To learn the rules in your state, contact an experienced Denver wrongful death attorney today.

Q: How does a wrongful death claim help me?

A: Of course, no one can bring back the family member that you have lost. However, in some cases, there may be extremely serious financial implications, on top of the mourning of a lost loved one. If the death of a family member in an accident leaves the family without their primary source of income, you may be entitled to compensation for this monetary loss. Additionally, in some cases, a wrongful death claim may be a way to make sure the person who caused your grief is held responsible. 

The Importance of Legal Representation

A wrongful death lawyer can help you understand whether you have a claim, and can take a lot of the stress off of you, while you focus on the emotional well-being of your family. Again, no one can return what you have lost, but a dedicated lawyer can help hold the negligent party responsible for your loss. Additionally, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, and loss of companionship from the person who you lost prematurely. Most of these types of attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you only pay after they recover compensation for you and your family. For more information, contact a wrongful death attorney in your area.

Contact Hull & Zimmerman

Hull & Zimmerman P.C.At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., we understand the pain and frustration that comes with losing a loved one. While it can never truly compensate you for your loss, damages may help you honor his or her memory while addressing the financial realities of your situation. Call us today to schedule a pressure free, no obligation consultation, so you can learn what your legal options are.

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