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Wrongful Death

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Dealing with the death of a close family member is difficult and tragic. At Grant Law Partners, our skilled and experienced attorneys can help answer your questions and compassionately guide you through the legal process.

When the death of a loved one occurs due to the negligent, reckless, intentional, or wrongful actions of another party, a claim for wrongful death may arise. The suit is brought by the personal representative of the victim’s estate to recover damages on behalf the estate and the victim’s surviving family members. A wrongful death suit is brought to provide relief (in the form of money damages) for the emotional suffering and financial loss that flow from the death of a family member.

Key concepts related to wrongful death claims include:

  • Basis. Wrongful death claims can arise from a wide range of circumstances, including car accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, premises liability incidents, and intentional acts such as unlawful homicide.
  • Defendants. Defendants in wrongful death cases can be individuals, businesses, organizations, or government entities responsible for the actions that led to the death. For example, a defendant might be a negligent driver, a healthcare provider, a manufacturer, or a property owner.
  • Damages. Wrongful death claims seek monetary damages to compensate surviving family members for their losses. These losses may include funeral and burial expenses, medical bills related to the deceased person’s final injury or illness, lost financial support, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering.
  • Burden of Proof. In wrongful death cases, the plaintiff typically bears the burden of proving that the defendant’s actions or negligence were the direct cause of the deceased person’s death.
  • Settlements and Trial. Many wrongful death cases are resolved through negotiated settlements. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, the case may proceed to trial, where a jury or judge will determine liability and the amount of damages.

Wrongful death claims are intended to provide financial support to surviving family members who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence. These claims can be emotionally challenging, and the legal process can be complex.

Let the attorneys at Grant Law Partners handle your claim so that you can focus on the more difficult aspects of grieving and coping with the loss of your family member.

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