Wichita Wrongful Death Attorney
Wrongful Death Claims in Wichita
The loss of a loved one is always tragic and leaves huge emotional holes in our lives. Beyond the emotional anguish are other burdens and costs. Often there are significant losses in income and earnings. It is not uncommon at all to be left with debts and accumulated medical expenses from the injury or accident that took their lives. And then there is the incalculable. How do you put a price tag on the loss of support, companionship and love? When such a loss is caused by the misconduct or wrongdoing of another it is doubly hard as it is so senseless and unjust.
A wrongful death is defined as the loss of someone's life due to another's negligence or misconduct. The death could be the responsibility of one or more individuals, a company, a group or a corporate entity. Such a claim can only brought by someone closely related to the deceased such as the children or a spouse and in some cases by parents. It cannot be brought by friends, co-workers or any non-related entity. These suits do not just cover the losses due to the individual's death. They also encompass the pain, suffering, emotional anguish, medical expenses and other costs from the injury preceding the death.
The Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim
As a Wichita personal injury lawyer Rick Hodge, Attorney at Law will be looking for several key elements in reviewing your wrongful death claim:
- There must be the death of an individual
- There must be a personal representative of the deceased individual's estate appointed
- The family or surviving members must have demonstrated financial losses
- There is the very important element of negligence or wrongdoing
There are a number of ways in which a wrongful death could have occurred. Common ones include medical malpractice, automobile accidents, workplace safety violations and defective products or drugs. Claims of this nature are complicated and require an extensive familiarity with this area of legal practice.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another then it is important that you contact a Wichita Wrongful Death Attorney for assistance and representation in your claim.