Rarely are situations as tough as losing a loved one in your family. Sometimes this loss results from negligence on someone else’s part. If this is what happened to your family member you may be considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit. It’s important to know the four basic components needed to constitute a wrongful death case.

  • The death of your family member was directly caused by another person’s actions or lack of actions. The other person doesn’t have to be at complete fault for it to be a legitimate claim.
  • The death resulted from negligence or complete liability from another person. One of the questions many people get caught up with because they are very overwhelmed during this trying time concerns doctors. A wrongful death suit is only legitimate if the physician refused treatment or didn’t offer all available options of care to prevent death.
  • The loss of the person directly affected the lives of an immediate family member. These effects can be financial, emotional, physical or mental. If an immediate family member like a spouse or child is put in an unstable situation as the result of the loss of their loved one, he or she may be eligible for compensation to help make things easier.
  • The death caused great financial hardship. Sometimes the loved one who is lost is the sole financial provider. If this is the case the family may be able to receive money from the case to pay for things like a mortgage, school, and other basic necessities of living.

These four pieces are merely the start to figuring out if you should file a wrongful death lawsuit. It will help you to also talk to a Front Royal wrongful death attorney. The knowledgeable people at Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas are more than happy to talk to you about your questions and concerns. Call them today at (540) 636-7100.

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