Tragedy can strike you and your family at any time and in any number of ways. A sudden family death can be catastrophic for anyone, especially if their death was obviously due to neglect, recklessness or malicious intent to do harm. If this happens, hiring a wrongful death lawyer can help you get the compensation and justice your family deserves.
What Is “Wrongful Death?”
Wrongful death is a legal term referring to when a person is killed as a direct result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct. While some wrongful deaths can be investigated as homicides, whether it be murder or manslaughter, in criminal court, wrongful death cases are civil suits that seek compensation for the victim’s family. Examples of common wrongful death cases include:
- Manufacturing defects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
Most wrongful death suits are filed on behalf of the victim by their family. In the event that they win, the family receives the compensation.
Hiring a Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you are filing a wrongful death suit, a wrongful death lawyer, like from Kamper & Estrada, PLLC, can help you gather evidence, present your case and convince the court that the death in question was a direct result of misconduct. A wrongful death lawyer can be an invaluable ally if you are suing a powerful entity, like a large corporation. Large companies have access to more resources, making it harder to go up against them in court. Hiring a good lawyer will make proving malpractice and getting the justice you deserve much easier. A good wrongful death attorney will have the following qualifications:
- Experience in wrongful death law
- A track record of successful cases
- The ability to go to trial
- Affordable fees and rates
Look for an attorney with the experience and know-how to win your case.
Costs of Hiring a Wrongful Death Lawyer
The exact amount you will pay for a wrongful death attorney varies on an individual basis, but most wrongful death attorneys understand that their clients are desperate and don’t always have the resources to pay for the most expensive attorney. This is why many attorneys who specialize in wrongful death suits work on contingency. A contingency-fee structure allows you to pay the attorney fees after the case is won, instead of upfront. These kinds of attorneys don’t charge by the hour. Instead, they take a share of the damages received when the case is over. This means that they charge much less overall than other kinds of attorneys.