When a loved one has died due to the negligence of another, the legal process is more than a confusing experience—it’s a painful one. At Dyer Law, we will help you file a wrongful death lawsuit and make sure you don’t have to go through the process alone. We will put the fight on our shoulders so you can focus on important things in your life. Call our team today if you need any legal help for a free, no-pressure consultation.
Understanding Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death is when one person’s death was wrongfully caused by the actions of another person or entity. A wrongful death lawsuit involves a surviving family member seeking legal compensation for the loss of a loved one.
Wrongful death suits are not criminal cases, meaning there’s no need to prove malicious intent or guilt from the negligent party. Some examples of wrongful death might include:
Motor vehicle accidents caused by negligence
Defective or dangerous products
Poorly maintained properties
Damages are based upon an estimated value of the financial support, services, and companionship that the victim would have provided. Various factors determine the number of damages awarded to family members, and they can include:
- Financial support provided by the victim.
- The physical and mental health of the victim prior to suffering the injuries that caused his or her death.
- The life expectancy of the victim prior to his or her accident – as well as the life expectancy of the surviving spouse or next-of-kin.
- Pain and suffering that the victim experienced prior to his or her death.
- Services and companionship are provided by the victim to the spouse or next-of-kin.
We understand that wrongful death claims are difficult and that no amount of money can restore your loss. However, we believe strongly in accountability—and if your spouse or family member died as a result of someone else’s negligence, we will do everything possible to hold them responsible under Nebraska law.
The Dyer Law Process
We understand that you’re going through a stressful, confusing experience. Dyer Law will simplify the complicated legal process for you so you are able to focus on what truly matters in your life. Here’s what you can do to make the first step:
Contact our team to set up your free consultation.
A member of our team will meet with you in person or on the phone to learn more about your situation.
We’ll help you to understand your rights while providing professional advice on how you should move forward.
If we mutually decide to move forward with your case, we will get started and work towards getting you the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful Death FAQs
Still have questions about wrongful death lawsuits? Learn more from our frequently asked questions.
What is Needed to Prove Wrongful Death?
There are four things needed in order to prove wrongful death. It’s important to gather strong evidence to make sure that you and your family are compensated fairly. Here is what you’ll need to support your case:
- Negligence: You’ll need to show that your loved one’s death was caused by the carelessness, recklessness, or by negligent actions of the defendant.
- Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must be able to confirm the duty of the defendant and that the duty was breached as a result of their negligent actions.
- Causation: You’ll also need to prove how the negligence of the defendant caused the death of your loved one.
- Damages: In wrongful death cases, you will need to prove that there were quantifiable damages. This includes things like:
- Medical expenses
- Burial costs
What Damages Can be Recovered in Wrongful Death?
Both economical and non-economical damages can be recovered in wrongful death cases. Economic damages include things like funeral costs and medical bills, while non-economical damages include compensation for grief and loss of a companion.
Contact Dyer Law
We understand that filing a wrongful death suit can be difficult to go through, which is why we’re committed to being by your side and making sure you’re represented by people who care about what you’re going through. It’s our goal to make sure you’re compensated fairly. If you need to fight for a fair amount or just need someone to talk to, Dyer Law will always be here for you. Give our team a call today for a no-pressure, free consultation.
The Ultimate Guides
Dyer Law attorneys have authored two books to provide you helpful information when you are involved in an accident or workers’ compensation situation. Both are available free from Dyer Law.