What Does “Wrongful Death” Mean?

February 27, 2017 Personal Injury

When a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another party, the victim’s family can bring a claim for wrongful death.

But how can we possibly put a money value on the life of a lost loved one? We can’t. No amount of financial compensation can replace or make up for the premature loss of a loved one. Financial recovery can help with expenses and financial losses, but it cannot make up for the loss.

The importance of a jury verdict or settlement in a wrongful death case cannot be overstated. These recoveries are a symbol of the importance of the lost person to our community and serves to reassure the family as to the value of their lost loved one. These results also serve as a deterrent to others in the future to be more responsible and to act with greater care.

Types of Accidents in Nebraska that Give Rise to Wrongful Death Claims

There are a number of different types of accidents that cause fatalities and give rise to wrongful death claims. Some of the common causes of wrongful death in Omaha include car accidents, work accidents, medical negligence, and premises liability.

Though any death caused by the negligent actions or misconduct of another can give rise to a wrongful death claim.

Limited Timeframe to File Wrongful Death Claim

After the loss of a loved one, you’re focused on grieving and it can be difficult to think about the legal rights you may have. But it’s important to know that you have a limited time to file a wrongful death claim.

If the statue of limitations passes, you will be unable to seek justice on your loved one’s behalf. The statue of limitations applies regardless of how egregious or wrongful the conduct was of the party who caused the death of your loved one.

Gathering Evidence to Support Your Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death attorneys must prove the death of your loved one was the result of the negligence or misconduct of another party. The attorney must also prove that you and your remaining family members have incurred financial loss due to the death.

If you have not yet contacted an attorney about a possible wrongful death claim, it is important that you do so soon. In order for you to build a strong case, you will need all the available evidence. Our attorneys will personally conduct an investigation into the circumstances of your loved one’s death, documenting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and taking photos of the scene.

The earlier you have an attorney involved and investigating the circumstances of your claim, the stronger your case will be.

Feel free to contact our Omaha wrongful death lawyers to schedule a free personal injury case consultation to discuss your options. We are strong and compassionate advocates for our clients. Get to know our attorneys and paralegals here.