The unexpected death of a loved can be traumatic for any Tennessee family. When a car accident claims of the life of an innocent individual, it can leave grieving loved ones with medical bills and other costs that they may not be able to manage. These financial losses coupled with a time grief can seem overwhelming and insurmountable.
If you are mourning the wrongful death of a loved one because of a car accident or other type of accident, you do not have to navigate the aftermath on your own. It is possible that you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation. While this will not undo what happened, it can help your family recoup some of your losses and allow you to move forward after this trauma.
How do I know if I have a case?
Sadly, many people do not pursue damages through a wrongful death claim because they are unaware of their rights and entitlements. Some may not even consider taking legal action because they assume that they do not have a case. You could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim if you lost a loved one because of the following:
- Aviation accident
- Motor vehicle accident
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal activity
- Death during a supervised activity
- Occupational hazards or toxic exposure
If your loved died as a result of any of the above, you may have a case. Even if you are unsure of your legal options or you are not certain if you should move forward with a civil claim, you always have the right to know your legal options.
The elements of a strong claim
In order to have a successful wrongful death claim, certain elements must be present, including the following:
- The death of an individual
- The appointment of a person to act as representative of the estate
- Monetary suffering experienced by surviving family members as a result of the death
- Proof that the death was the result of harmful actions or negligence of another person
While there is nothing that can bring back your loved one after an unexpected death, it may be possible to recover your accident-related financial losses. This can help your family recover and rebuild after such a traumatic event.
The wrongful death claims process is complex, but you do not have to walk through it alone. You can take the first step toward protecting your interests after a fatal accident simply reaching out for help to better understand your legal options.