Life is indeed precious. Unfortunately, life can be ended in a split second due to a tragic accident. When that victim is a loved one, these situations are particularly stressful, painful, and emotionally devastating. Making matters worse is when that family member dies because of the negligent or reckless actions of someone else.
On top of the emotional trauma that surely impacts surviving family members for the rest of their lives, the financial effects can be just as bad, particularly if you relied on your spouse or parent for the roof over your head, the clothes you wear and the food you eat. You may be faced with selling the family home or have to forgo a college education just to make ends meet in the wake of your loved one’s untimely demise.
This should never have to happen but sadly, it does. Let Kuzyk Law help you recover those damages so you don’t have to suffer a financial toll on top of the emotional one you’re already going through. Hiring a Lancaster CA wrongful death lawyer is in your best interests. Call for a free consultation now at 661-945-6969.
How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help?
Whether your loved one lost his life due to the negligence of a driver, careless medical practitioner, or irresponsible product manufacturer, an experienced Lancaster CA wrongful death lawyer can provide competent and caring legal representation, working with the negligent party’s insurer to reach a fair and equitable financial settlement.
If litigation is deemed necessary, your attorney has the skills to take your case to court and fight for your rights. You need someone with a history of obtaining verdicts resulting in awards totaling millions of dollars working on your behalf.
When is a Fatality a Wrongful Death?
All deaths feel wrong and unfair when it’s your family that is being affected. However, from a legal perspective, there are certain parameters that a wrongful death case must fit in order to have any hope of winning. First, the death must have been preventable, and second, it must have been caused by the wrongful act or negligent act of another person. Wrongful death cases may originate from:
- Auto accidents
- Work injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Premises liability cases
- Dangerous products
- Head injuries
- Slips and falls
- Motorcycle accidents
That being said, it’s fairly difficult to determine whether a fatality was caused by negligence or by error. For example, if your loved one died in a hospital, the medical staff may not tell the family a negligent action even occurred. This is why you want to contact a wrongful death attorney – not just to see if you have a case but also to get the ball rolling on the investigation. People’s memories fade, the evidence is tampered with or discarded, and eye witness accounts can wobble.
Why Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney in Lancaster?
A wrongful death case is overwhelming and emotionally draining when simultaneously suffering the loss of a beloved family member. But the time immediately following the death is the most important from a legal standpoint. This is when you must make vital financial and legal decisions that can impact your life for many years to come.
One of those decisions is whether or not to seek out legal action. Your first instinct is to put thoughts of a lawsuit aside, spend time with your family, and heal together. A legal claim, however, is important in safeguarding your future. Making difficult decisions now, even when you know the money will not bring your loved one back, will secure your future and that of other surviving family members.
Think about it: if your deceased spouse was the one who made all the contributions to your family budget, you’ll have to find a replacement to their income to pay all the bills. You’ll also need funds to pay for funeral expenses, medical costs, outstanding debts, and time off work while you grieve. There may also be counseling or therapy involved, which can get expensive too. And if the deceased family member had dependents, a wrongful death claim will help pay for college and related expenses.
Financial awards are not the only reason to consider a wrongful death claim as well. Pursuing legal action will help you feel as though some justice was served and maybe the only way to get answers about why the death happened. You will be making a difference by helping other families facing the same type of grief. And lastly, litigation can spur much-needed safety changes or increased awareness in the case of faulty products, for example.