Decatur Wrongful Death Lawyer
A Decatur wrongful death lawyer understands that when the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another causes the death of an innocent person, the loved ones of that individual are compelled to navigate a uniquely complex grieving process. In addition to processing the grief inherent in the event of losing a loved one, family and friends often struggle with deep anger, frustration and shock when processing the events that led up to their loved one’s death.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one, part of the grieving process may include filing a wrongful death and/or a survivorship action in civil court. Although these courses of action are not relevant to everyone, holding the individuals and/or entities who were responsible for the death of a loved one accountable for their actions may help to provide some comfort and closure. Perhaps most importantly, these actions may help to ensure that no one else ever suffers again in the same way. And finally, these actions may lead to both economic and non-economic damage awards that allow loved ones to more easily navigate the financial stresses associated with losing someone who was uniquely precious.
Wrongful Death Claims vs. Survivorship Actions
Wrongful death claims and survivorship actions are distinct. Whereas wrongful death claims tend to focus on the financial and emotional consequences which result from losing a loved one due to another’s preventable behavior, survivorship actions center on the suffering that the deceased felt as a result of the accident that ultimately claimed his or her life. If damages are awarded in a survivorship action, they are granted to the estate of the deceased, rather than individual loved ones. Similarly, it is the estate of the deceased that generally files a survivorship action.
Survival actions are filed less frequently than wrongful death claims for a host of reasons, but this does not mean that they provide a less valuable legal avenue for loved ones eager to ensure that responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. After hearing about the specific circumstances surrounding your family’s situation, a Decatur wrongful death lawyer will be able to advise you in regards to whether filing a wrongful death claim and/or survivorship action may benefit you and your remaining loved ones. Every legal situation is different, so it is generally a good idea to seek knowledgeable guidance from a Decatur wrongful death lawyer before committing to a specific strategy.
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about your legal options related to the loss of a loved one, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with an experienced Decatur wrongful death lawyer. Speaking with a wrongful death lawyer does not commit you to file a claim. Meeting with a lawyer helps to ensure is that whatever decision you ultimately make is an informed one. Please keep in mind that consultations are confidential, so you have no reason to be shy when asking questions about your options. Losing a loved one is a horrific experience and one that is associated with a myriad of stresses. Please understand that you do not have to navigate the legal ones alone.
The loss of a loved one is a tragedy. If the loss is needless or is caused by the carelessness or negligence of another, the grief is even greater. Attorney Andrew R. Lynch understands this loss more than most in the legal community. When Andrew was in high school, his seventeen year old sister, Ashley, was killed by a drunk driver.
A family that has suffered a wrongful death has rights that should be respected. The negligent party should be held accountable for the damages they caused. Money can never replace your family member, but it can help provide for your family as you deal with your loss.
Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. As a general rule, any settlement made without a skilled personal injury lawyer will be made for far less than the damage inflicted on your family. Our office has the right combination of work ethic, financial resources, and empathy for what you are going through to work with you.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, you must take action within the statute of limitations or you will lose your right to seek recovery. If you wish to find out more about your legal rights, contact our office today.
At the law offices of Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. we cannot promise you an outcome or predict the future, but if an outcome is possible we will work with you to make it a reality.
Please contact a Decatur wrongful death lawyer from Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., Attorney At Law today for a free and confidential consultation and to find out how we can help.
Please contact the law office of Andrew R. Lynch for a free consultation today.