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What Elements Need to Be Proved by a Wrongful Death Lawyer

The loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence can be emotionally and financially devastating for family members. While no amount of money can replace a deceased relative, a favorable settlement or verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit may help relieve the financial burdens and emotional trauma that come with such an unexpected tragedy. If you are searching for a wrongful death lawyer, an experienced attorney from the Law Firm of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. can handle delicate legal and financial matters so you and your family can focus on moving forward after a tragic accident.

What Elements Need to be Proved?

In a wrongful death claim, you will need to show that your loved one’s life was cut short because of someone else’s negligent actions. To do so, you will need to demonstrate that the defendant owed your loved one a duty of care (such as to exercise reasonable care in their actions), that they breached this duty, and that this breach directly caused the death of your loved one. For example, if your loved one died because of a defective product, you would need to prove that the product was dangerous and that the manufacturer failed to supply sufficient instructions or safety warnings.

A knowledgeable wrongful death attorney can review the details of your case, investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, and interview eyewitnesses or other parties who were present during the incident to build an in-depth picture of what happened. In many cases, a thorough investigation can uncover vital evidence that may help strengthen your case. For example, in the case of a car accident, an attorney could review police reports, statements from people who witnessed the crash, and any video footage of the moment the collision occurred.

Depending on your state’s laws, you might be able to file a wrongful death action for the full value of your loved one’s life or pursue a survival action to recover damages for pain and suffering that your loved one endured before their death. In New York, a personal representative can file either or both types of claims on behalf of the deceased’s estate and surviving family members.

Survivors might be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial expenses, lost income and benefits, lost companionship and love, and punitive damages designed to punish the defendant for their negligent actions. It’s critical to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney early on in the process to ensure that all legal deadlines are met. A quick investigation and strong claim can help you win maximum compensation for your losses. Contact an attorney from Florin|Roebig to learn more about how we can help you with a wrongful death case. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients across the U.S. and have successfully secured millions in damages for their clients. We understand the devastation of losing a family member and will work tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve.