Have you lost a loved one to an avoidable accident? You can get the compensation your family deserves with the help of a Utah accidental death attorney.

Losing a loved one to an accident is difficult. It can happen to anyone at any time, and you’re left dealing with the grief and expenses that come with a death in the family. It’s painful, and worse, that accident might have been someone else’s fault.

If you’ve lost a family member and it’s someone else’s fault, you may be owed compensation for your loss. If you believe someone caused the death of your loved one, contact a Utah accidental death lawyer at our firm.

A lawsuit can’t bring back your loved one, but it can give you the peace of mind that justice has been served, and it can provide compensation to you during a difficult time. Reach out to Craig Swapp & Associates to get started on your case.

Who Can Sue After an Accidental Death in Utah?

Accidental death cases can be a little more complicated than others because you’re not the injured party—the injured party in question won’t be able to stand for himself or herself. Utah does, however, regulate who’s allowed to file a claim on behalf of the deceased person.

Make sure you’re legally able to file a wrongful death claim for the deceased’s damages. The first eligible party available on the following list will be able to sue. If you’re the deceased’s child, for example, but his or her spouse has already passed away, you would likely be able to sue. The people able to file a claim for an accidental death are as follows:

  • The surviving spouse
  • The surviving children
  • The natural or adopted parents
  • The stepchildren (if they were financial dependents at the time of death)
  • The appointed representative of the deceased’s estate

Damages Awarded for Accidental Death in Utah

Fortunately, you may have the chance to seek compensation after your loved one’s passing. While this can’t undo the damage done, it can help you recover after such a difficult experience.

One of the most common damages awarded in Utah accidental death cases covers funeral expenses. It’s costly to have a funeral, so you’ll need all the help you can get during this time. Compensation for your other losses may also be pursued—lost wages, medical expenses from the accident, and your loss of care or affection could also be included.

In some cases, you may also pursue punitive damages. These damages are not meant to cover your expenses and losses. Instead, they’re meant to punish the at-fault party. While these aren’t commonly awarded, they are relatively common in cases where the at-fault party was malicious or grossly negligent. A lawyer can help you determine whether these damages are possible for your case.

Consult a Utah Accidental Death Attorney

The loss of a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness may be one of the most painful things you ever experience. Fortunately, you can get the compensation you need with the help of Craig Swapp & Associates.

But fighting for the compensation your family deserves isn’t easy. You’ll need proper representation to protect your case. Fortunately, our lawyers can help with that. Start with a free consultation with one of our attorneys, and we’ll make sure you know what we can do for you before you begin working with us.

For more information, speak with a Utah accidental death lawyer during a free consultation. We can be reached at 1-800-404-9000 or through the form below.