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It’s always sad when someone dies, but when someone you love dies because of someone else’s mistake or intention, it can be an even more difficult loss. And that can lead to wondering if filing a wrongful death lawsuit is an option.
When someone suffers a wrongful death, meaning someone else was responsible either via negligence or a deliberate action, the surviving family members – under the law – suffer greatly. Spouses, children, parents (if the person is a minor) – they all presume to have lost the love, support and future they might have shared with their family member.
But when do you know you should file a lawsuit? What are the pros and cons of this decision?
Pros of filing a wrongful death lawsuit:
- You might need a settlement to provide for yourself or children
- It can bring closure, knowing that someone was held responsible for the death of your loved one – especially if there was no criminal activity involved
- It may prevent another, similar loss, if there are changes or laws sparked by your lawsuit
- You might be able to use some of the settlement money on a legacy for your loved one: A scholarship, a park bench or a donation to a favored non-profit
Cons of filing a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Filing a lawsuit won’t bring back your loved one
- Going through the process can bring additional trauma and pain
- Pursuing a monetary payment can seem like you are placing a financial value on the life of your loved one
- You may have to deal with others questioning or commenting negatively on your decision to file a wrongful death lawsuit
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or actions, a wrongful death lawsuit might be an option. Calling a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney can help you work through the pros and cons of such a decision.
Connor Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP
If you have questions about filing a lawsuit, contact us today. We can get you the help you deserve.