In a wrongful death suit, another person files on behalf of the deceased. But it’s important to note that states have unique laws governing who can file a wrongful death suit. In most places, immediate family members can file a lawsuit with the help of a wrongful death attorney. Reasonover Law can help you navigate this challenging period to make sure you get deserved compensation for your partner or loved one.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Anyone can seek the professional guidance of a wrongful death lawyer if they suspect an injustice. Family members, friends, and partners are more likely to contact a lawyer. However, there are limitations on who’s eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of someone else, so you should follow the state guidelines. Here are the general groups of people who can file a wrongful death claim:
Immediate Family Members
If the decedent is married, the spouse can bring the lawsuit. An adult child may also file the claim. In the case of minors, the parent usually files the claim. Domestic partnerships and civil unions may be able to bring a lawsuit on behalf of their partner. If the decedent is a single adult, distant family members like siblings, grandparents, uncles, and aunts should be able to file the lawsuit. Reasonover Law can help your family consolidate all claims into a single case for the court.
Some people have a will that determines how their estate is administered. If the decedent had a will, the court might appoint an executor or personal representative to administer the estate. The will executor will also have the sole right to file the lawsuit on behalf of the deceased. At Reasonover Law, our lawyer is ready to help you navigate the specifications of the case. We can help you identify the best candidate to bring the lawsuit to.
When To Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
You should contact a wrongful death lawyer as early as possible, primarily because the statute of limitations has a timeframe for filing a lawsuit. Getting a lawyer early in the process allows you to meet deadlines and prepare compelling evidence. You can contact an attorney for car accident deaths involving negligence. Deaths from medical malpractice and pharmaceutical drug error are also best handled by wrongful death lawyers.
Other scenarios include construction accidents, workplace accidents, and other injuries that result in death. If the accident is attributed to someone else’s negligence, the decedent deserves compensation, which comes in the form of a wrongful death settlement. The statute of limitation varies from state to state. Reasonover Law will help you complete the necessary notices and paperwork on time.
Working With a Wrongful Death Attorney
You should contact a wrongful death attorney when you suspect negligence or malpractice. If someone dies because of another person’s intentional or negligent acts, you can sue the liable party for wrongful death. Lawsuits are complex and can take a while to process. Hiring a lawyer can help you to grieve and console your family.
You need tough, experienced, compassionate, and caring attorneys with a history of getting clients the deserved compensation. At Reasonover Law, our attorneys focus on protecting the rights of clients and victims of personal injuries, disabilities, and wrongful death. Our firm serves residents in Tennessee and offers round-the-clock availability for legal counsel.