The death of a loved one is often the single most painful event an individual will endure during a lifetime. That loss is even harder to bear when the death could have been prevented. An accidental death is just that, an accident. Sometimes, however, negligence causes or contributes to a death, making it a wrongful death. No amount of money can replace a loved one; however, if you have lost a family member to a wrongful death you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. More importantly, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit means that the wrongdoer will be held accountable for your loss.
At Bennett | Michael | Hornsby, Attorneys at Law our wrongful death attorneys understand the immeasurable pain a survivor goes through after the loss of a family member. Nothing we do can bring your loved one back, but we promise to do everything possible to ensure that the wrongdoer is held responsible and that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled for your loss. If you have lost someone to a wrongful death in a Murfreesboro, Tennessee, contact us today at 615-898-1560 to schedule your free consultation. A few minutes could change your future for the better.
What Is a Wrongful Death?
Clearly, not all deaths in accidents are wrongful deaths. If someone’s negligent, or intentional acts or omissions are the cause, or a contributing factor, in a death it may be considered a wrongful death. When an intentional act is involved it is much easier to identify a wrongful death. Often, the wrongdoer is charged criminally for the death, as well. For example, if a bar fight results in fatal injuries, the defendant could be charged with a homicide in a criminal court and sued in a civil court for wrongful death.
Wrongful death caused by the negligence of another party is often more difficult to identify. Negligence is a legal term that refers to responsibility or fault. Negligence can be caused by an act or by an omission. For example, if a physician operated on the wrong body part and the operation ultimately led to the death of the patient, that act could form the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. Conversely, if a store owner failed to clean up a liquid spill in an aisle, and a customer slipped and hit her head causing fatal injuries, that omission could also be the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Compensation for a Wrongful Death
No amount of money can bring back a lost loved one; however, if your family member contributed to your family while alive it is likely that he or she would want you to have whatever compensation is available to you as a way to provide for your family’s future. As a survivor of a wrongful death you could be entitled to compensation for things such as:
- loss of future earnings
- loss of parental guidance
- medical and funeral expenses
- loss of love, companionship and comfort
The law specifies who may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee. The law also limits the amount of time within which you have to pursue a wrongful death claim. For these reasons, we encourage you to contact the Murfreesboro, Tennessee wrongful death attorneys at Bennett | Michael | Hornsby, Attorneys at Law if you suspect that a loved one died as a result of an intentional or negligent act or omission. Contact our Murfreesboro, Tennessee wrongful death attorneys today by calling 615-898-1560 to schedule a free evaluation of your case today by calling 615-898-1560 to schedule a free evaluation of your case. Although we cannot turn back the clock and prevent the death of your love one, we can ensure that the responsible party is held accountable and that you are fully and fairly compensated for your loss.