Wrongful Death Lawyer in Springfield
The tragic consequences of losing a loved one in an accident that could have, and should have, been prevented can be difficult to face. Our firm has provided legal assistance for 30 years to those who have unjustly lost a loved one from recklessness and carelessness on the part of others. In law, this is called a wrongful death. A Springfield injury attorney at our office can help you bring a wrongful death claim against those responsible for the loss of your loved one.
The challenges of this time are significant. With a compassionate and dedicated legal team on your side, caring for your interests, it can make it more bearable. We have been providing that help to thousands over the last three decades. We are committed to our clients and fight hard to obtain for them the maximum financial compensation possible. Financial compensation can help to cover the medical costs incurred from the accident as well as other costs and the loss of future income. It can also help to ease pain and suffering from your loss.
Wrongful Death Claims
When another person can be held directly responsible for the death of your loved one, common law jurisdictions allow for you to make a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Because the deceased are no longer around to bring on a lawsuit themselves, the common laws governing accidents ending in fatality were found to be flawed. There was a loophole in which activities that ultimately resulted in a person's injury could be brought before the courts, but those that resulted in a person's death could not. As such, the civil action of making a wrongful death claim on behalf of another came to be.
In the United Stated, the standard of proof used when making wrongful death claims is referred to as a preponderance of evidence. Unlike other lawsuits, clear and convincing evidence is not needed, nor is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This stipulation often makes it easier for the family members seeking retribution on their lost loved one's behalf to do so through tort rather than criminal prosecution. When a company is responsible for the death of a person, wrongful death is the only form of recourse available.
How does wrongful death come about?
Wrongful death cases can begin from many different sources: car accidents where a drunk driver struck and killed another; medical malpractice, such as surgical errors or medication errors; defective products that caused a consumer's death; dangerous drugs that resulted in suicide; boating accidents that caused a loved one to drown; and, nursing home abuse that cost the life of a loved one. There are causes of wrongful death too numerous to name. If your loved one died and you feel that it could have been prevented, we urge you to contact our office. We welcome your call and will be happy to discuss the details of your particular case with you. We can provide trusted and committed legal counsel.