If someone you love has been killed and you believe that you have a wrongful death case, you need to act quickly. If done correctly, you may be able to get monetary compensation for your loss – and while nothing will replace the person that you lost, you will at least have the ability to heal and move on with your life.
A wrongful death claim is possible when the victim was killed as a result of the negligence of someone else OR because of an intentional harmful act from the defendant.
But do you have a case? Here are 5 signs that you may need a wrongful death lawyer:
The Victim Was Killed On Purpose
Most people don’t know this, but if someone you love was murdered on purpose, you can sue for the wrongful death of your loved one. Murder trials are often the most serious cases and require the best wrongful death lawyer on your side.
You also have to know that these trials can be extremely emotional and will take a lot out of you – but they can also help you to move on and heal.
Medical Malpractice Led to Wrongful Death
If your loved one was going to a doctor and that doctor failed to discover a problem that they should have, you may have a wrongful death case. If the doctor was careless with your loved one, such as leaving a medical tool inside after surgery or prescribing medication that reacted badly, you could also have a wrongful death case.
Your Loved One Was in a Car Accident
Car accidents where the other driver, or the driver of the car that the victim was a passenger in, was negligent while he or she was driving. This can be the result of driving while intoxicated, driving while looking at a cell phone, or driving in a car that had a mechanical problem that the driver knew about.
Negligence Led to the Wrongful Death
If you can prove negligence, you can prove wrongful death. Typically, this includes landlords, employers, or business owners who knew about a situation and didn’t do anything to rectify the problem. This can include faulty wiring, poor equipment quality, or even dangerous people on the property.
Who Can Hire a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
You can hire a wrongful death lawyer if you are a representative of the family. Every state has different requirements for who that representative can be. In almost every state, the spouse is permitted to bring a wrongful death case to court. For minors, parents are able to bring the case to court. Children are typically able to bring cases to court for their parents as well.
However, each state has different rules for whether extended family can sue, siblings can sue, or those in “common law” marriages can sue. The further your relationship is from the person who was killed, the more likely it is that you won’t be able to hire a wrongful death lawyer.
Contact Matt Miller, an Omaha Wrongful Death Lawyer
If someone that you love was killed and that case fits into the above criteria, one of the best things that you can do is retain a lawyer that will help you to understand the law. This is so important because you cannot fight this by yourself. You have to have a lawyer that is experienced in fighting for the rights of those who love someone that has been wrongfully killed. Even if you don’t fit into the criteria above, you still may have a case.
Why should you trust Matthew Miller with your case? Matt Miller has lived in Omaha, Nebraska for his entire life. He has more than 29 years of experience in handling wrongful death cases. Matt has also earned the highest ratings that can be given for legal skill and ethics under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America and named one of “Omaha’s Top Lawyers” by Omaha Magazine every year since 2007.