Maximizing What You Recover In A Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Few experiences are as difficult to cope with emotionally as the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. When a death occurs due to the negligence or willful actions of someone else, the decedent's family may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. No amount will adequately compensate you for your loss, but a financial recovery can help you stay in your home, pay for your child's college education or cover other expenses that would have been paid for by the decedent.

At The Law Office of Christopher G. Lewis, P.A., I help family members maximize the amount they recover in wrongful death lawsuits. As tragic as these incidents are, wrongful death cases are not simply a matter of setting a sum and showing up to collect it. Because the stakes are so high, insurance companies aggressively protect their bottom line. They have strategies to minimize the amount they pay to surviving family members or deny a case altogether.

Who Can Pursue A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Surviving family members (a spouse, children, parents and siblings) can pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Others who are named as heirs of the decedent also may be able to recover compensation. The lawsuit will be filed on behalf of all parties by a personal representative of the decedent. As your lawyer, I will help you file the claim and navigate through the process.

A wrongful death case can result from a wide range of incidents, including a car accident, a workplace accident, a product liability case, or a surgery or other medical procedure. Individuals, businesses and government entities may be named in a wrongful death lawsuit. Sometimes, more than one party is named in the lawsuit.

Damages that may be sought include:

  • Medical expenses resulting from the accident that caused the death
  • Compensation for pain and suffering of the decedent
  • Funeral costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of companionship, guidance and other services the decedent would have provided
  • Punitive damages

A Sensitive And Personal Approach

I understand the sensitive nature of wrongful death cases. I take great care to give my clients time to grieve while I proceed with their case. I provide highly personalized service and emphasize clear communication throughout. You will not be handed off to a junior attorney or legal assistant; every client works directly with me.

Contact me to schedule a free consultation. I will answer your questions and recommend an effective course of action.