Decatur Wrongful Death Lawyer

A Decatur wrongful death lawyer understands what hardship the death of a loved one can bring, and in what form this hardship can be. The right attorney is able to understand that when the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another individual causes the death of another person, usually an innocent party, the loved ones of that individual are compelled to navigate a uniquely complex grieving process and are sometimes left to pick up the pieces of that loss alone. 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, there may be an intense increase of financial burdens that come about. Alongside the pain and frustration of a loss, this is a lot to deal with in the wake of losing someone that you love. For these reasons, another part of the grieving process may include filing a wrongful death and/or a survivorship action in civil court against the negligent party. Although these courses of action are not favorable for everyone, and while they may not be relevant to every case, 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. It is one thing to be prepared for the loss of a loved one and expect the loss to come. However, losing someone you did not expect to lose and at the hands of another parties reckless actions is unacceptable  Perhaps most importantly, pursuing a wrongful death claim with a Decatur wrongful death lawyer prevents these events from occurring again. By pursuing a wrongful death claim these actions may help to ensure that no one else ever suffers again in the same way. And finally, your action could potentially 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. This will not entirely take the pain away, but it will ease the pain.

Wrongful Death Claims vs. Survivorship Actions

Wrongful death claims and survivorship actions are distinct actions. Wrongful death actions tend to focus more on the financial and emotional consequences that are the result from losing a loved one due to another’s preventable behavior. While on the other hand, 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. Wrongful death lawsuits tend to cover the majority of these issues stemming from wrongful death claims so survivorship actions come far and few in between. 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 which action you should take. This ultimately comes down to whether filing a wrongful death claim and/or survivorship action may benefit you and your remaining loved ones. Every legal situation is different and requires specific action from you and other involved parties in order to be successful. 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, by speaking with a skilled Decatur wrongful death attorney, you are able to have the details of your loved ones case combed through and advised on the best option to take following the incident, even if that advise may be not to pursue a wrongful death claim at all. Please keep in mind that consultations are confidential even when you do not hire a Decatur wrongful death attorney and your information is safe with them. 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 by yourself. While you figure out how to cope with other effects of the death.

The loss of a loved one is a tremendous tragedy. In the event that the loss is needless or happens to be caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person, the grief sometimes outweighs the loss and happens to be even greater.  Attorney Andrew R. Lynch understands this loss more than most attorneys in the legal community through his own experience. When Andrew was in high school, his seventeen year old sister, Ashley, was killed by a drunk driver. Losses of this magnitude are hard to share and hard to understand if you have not lost. Attorney Andrew R. Lynch is Decatur wrongful death attorney that understands this process on the personal side and the legal side.

A family that has suffered a wrongful death has rights that should be respected and hiring legal representation to ensure those rights are protected is never a bad idea. The negligent party in this instance should be held accountable for the damages they caused to you and your loved ones. Money can never replace your family member, but it can help provide for your family that is left behind as you deal with your loss. 

These funds are usually paid out from insurance companies. There are rare cases where the at fault party can compensate you out of their own pockets, if not there will likely be insurance claims made. Unfortunately, no matter how much a monthly or yearly premium may be, insurance companies are in business to make a profit.  As a general rule, any settlement made without a skilled personal injury or wrongful death lawyer will be made for far less than the damage inflicted on your family. Our office has the right combination of work ethic, understanding of the law, financial resources, and empathy for what you are going through to work with you. Andrew R. Lynch is a Decatur wrongful death attorney that will do his due diligence to ensure these insurance companies do not disregard your grief and what you deserve.

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. Much like any accusation, the longer you wait the less likely you are to have a favorable outcome. If you wish to find out more about your legal rights, contact our office  to speak with a Decatur wrongful death attorney today.

At the law offices of The Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch we cannot promise you a specific outcome or predict the future, but if an outcome is possible we will work with you and your family to make that possibility a reality.

Please contact a Decatur wrongful death lawyer from The Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch, Attorney At Law today for a free and confidential consultation and to find out your legal options and how you can be helped.

Please contact the law office of The Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch for a free consultation today.