Wrongful death: Any death that occurs as a result of the negligent actions of a third party. Most often, wrongful deaths result from motor vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle or automobile.
Losing a loved one through the negligent or wrongful actions of a third party is particularly tragic because survivors are plagued with thoughts that the death could have been avoided. If you have suffered such a loss, the Law Offices of Loren S. Etengoff offer our deepest sympathies.
In the days following the death of a family member, loss of love and companionship is the immediate source of grief. Surviving spouses face the loss of not only their partner but also the lifestyle they shared together. As time goes on, practical concerns begin to surface. If the deceased was the main breadwinner of the family, the surviving spouse may start to wonder, “How will I make the house payment and the car payment? How will I afford to send my child to college?”
Financial worries add immeasurable strain to an incredibly stressful situation. Although money cannot begin to adequately compensate for the loss of a loved one – whether it’s a child, a parent or a spouse – the survivors have the right to pursue an action for the loss of love, affection, companionship and guidance, as well as funeral expenses and any hospital expenses incurred before death. In addition, survivors are entitled to pursue compensation for loss of earnings. When multiplied over the work life expectancy of the deceased, these economic losses can be staggering.
It can be difficult to contemplate legal action in the midst of grief, but with so much at stake, it is critical to contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to learn what your rights are. Wrongful death cases are handled on a contingency fee, which means clients are not required to pay any money up front. After retaining the legal services of wrongful death attorney Loren Etengoff, you will not make a payment until your claim is resolved.
Insurance companies know that settlements for wrongful death claims can be significant. In fact, in some cases, the damages in a wrongful death case are so great that insurance coverage may not be enough. In that event, we will explore other sources of recovery, including whether there is another responsible party, such as an employer.
The larger the damages, the more the insurance company can be expected to fight the case. In order to reduce the amount they are required to pay, insurance companies will immediately investigate the case in an attempt to impose some fault on the deceased party or poke holes in the economic claims. They may even seek to find witnesses to testify that the relationship between the spouses was strained. With a motor vehicle accident, the insurance company will dispatch their accident reconstructionist to take measurements and examine skid marks and other evidence.
You and your wrongful death attorney need the same opportunity to investigate, while witnesses and the evidence are still accessible. Thus, it is crucial to successful outcome of your wrongful death case that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible.
Our compassionate staff is experienced in guiding families through this difficult time. Let the Law Offices of Loren S. Etengoff negotiate with the insurance companies so that you can focus on the grieving process and rebuilding your life. Contact wrongful death attorney Loren Etengoff today for a free consultation.