When it comes to small injuries, nearly any lawyer can represent you in a settlement. But for catastrophic cases like the wrongful death of a loved one, you need someone with the grit and determination to fight and win for you.
No, monetary compensation can never make up for the pain caused by the death of a loved one. But you shouldn’t feel guilty for demanding that those who are responsible help cover the costs associated with your loss, and to help provide for your family’s future. Contact our wrongful death attorneys at (909) 312-2111 or fill out our online intake form.
What exactly is a wrongful death?
At its core, a wrongful death lawsuit claims that the deceased was killed as a direct result of someone else’s negligence and that the victim’s surviving dependents are entitled to monetary compensation.
For most lawyers, wrongful death cases can be difficult to prove. Luckily, we aren’t “most lawyers.”
If you have even the slightest suspicion that your loved one’s death could have been stopped or avoided, get in touch with a skilled Ontario wrongful death lawyer ASAP.
What is the difference between a wrongful death and murder?
Because murder is a criminal act, it is prosecuted in criminal courts and can result in jail time, monetary damages and other penalties, if the defendant is proven “beyond a reasonable doubt” to be guilty.
Wrongful death is prosecuted in civil courts, where a “preponderance of evidence” creates less severe requirements to win your case.
Furthermore, medical malpractice is an additional type of case that may also qualify as a wrongful death—however, not every malpractice case is a wrongful death, and vice versa.
How do you prove wrongful death?
In order to prove a wrongful death, we must show the following:
The death of a loved one
The death was caused by negligence, or an intent to cause harm
That surviving family members are suffering financially as a result of the death
The appointment of a representative for the decedent’s estate
What kind of compensation is typically given for wrongful death cases?
You may be entitled to damages for:
Immediate expenses such as medical care and funeral costs
Loss of earnings
Loss of benefits
Pain, suffering and mental anguish
Loss of protection, care and companionship
Both general and punitive damages
Choosing the right lawyer will help you maximize your compensation.
Do I have a wrongful death case?
If your loved one was taken from you and you suspect their death could have been prevented, call us immediately for a free consultation.
Compensation might not be able to make up for your loss, but it will help ease your financial burden and help prepare for your family’s future.
Don’t wait another second. Contact us right away and let’s win the compensation your family rightfully deserves.