An Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney Makes the Lawsuit Process Easier
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be very trying, especially when the loss of life is caused by the negligence of someone else’s behavior. Financial compensation to the family may help to bring them closure. A wrongful death claim is brought forward by the surviving family members of a person who has lost their life due to an intentional act or carelessness. These charges can be filed against a city or state, state prison, city jail, private or state school, nursing home and any other public or private agency. Those who are filing the claim must show the following:
- The person(s) being sued was responsible (entirely or partly) for the death.
- The victim’s beneficiaries are alive.
- The death of the victim caused monetary losses in the form of future expenses, income and benefits.
- The defendant was negligent when they caused the death.
There are several ways in which wrongful death can occur:
- Emergency room medical malpractice - Many cases of this caliber occur when hospital workers in the emergency room are negligent. They come in form of misdiagnosing a health condition, surgical errors or even premature discharge of a patient.
- Vehicle accidents - Car manufacturers may be blamed for defective products that may lead to fatal accidents. Trucking companies should be held accountable for truck-related accidents when their employees break trucking regulations.
- Industrial accidents - Industrial accidents occur in a factory from the negligence of the management to put up safety procedures and rules that are necessary for the safety of their workers.
When the court is making a decision on the amount of compensation to be made, the following are the considerations made:
- The amount of money the deceased used to earn.
- The life savings of the deceased.
- Loss of companionship.
- Expenses incurred by the survivors.
- The extent to which the survivors were dependent on the deceased.
Wrongful death lawsuits usually have a time limit for the complaint to be submitted. Various states have different limitations, including limitations on who can file the lawsuit. When dealing with such cases, you require an Alabama wrongful death attorney who has experience in handling such cases, can guide you through the process and assist you in avoiding all the pitfalls that insurance companies place to avoid payment.