When a family member dies due to negligence, the emotional and financial burdens of surviving family members can be difficult to overcome without the help of an experienced team of wrongful death attorneys. At Craig Swapp & Associates, we can help answer many legal questions you may have that pertain to the wrongful death of a loved one.
What is considered a “Wrongful Death?”
Utah law defines a wrongful death as death that is caused by the negligence of others. Utah law also states that the deceased’s heirs can hold the negligent party responsible by pursuing legal action. A wrongful death claim may be pursued if it is due to:
1. Auto accidents
2. Faulty products
3. Medical malpractice
4. Work-related accidents
5. Provided or administered an illegal drug
Who can pursue a wrongful death claim?
A Lawsuit can be pursued by a legal heir of the deceased, but must be done on behalf of all legal heirs –meaning only one claim can be filed. According to Utah law, heirs are defined as all immediate, surviving family members. This includes the deceased’s:
2. Natural or adopted children
3. Natural or adoptive parents
4. Other dependents including stepchildren
What can I hope to recover?
If you are pursuing a court case on behalf of a deceased loved one, you are entitled to recover compensation for damages including:
1. Punitive damages
2. Loss of companionship
3. Loss of medical benefits
4. Loss of anticipated earnings
5. Medical and funeral expenses
6. Pain and suffering of the surviving family members
The personal injury lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates can help you navigate the murky waters associated with a wrongful death case. We will fight to get you justice for a loved one’s wrongful death. Call us today.