Wrongful Death Laws in Idaho
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If your loved one passed away due to the negligence of another person, you may be left facing not only emotional pain but financial burdens that could take years to overcome. Although nothing can fully compensate you for your loss, pursuing a wrongful death claim may help you recover monetary damages for hospital bills, funeral expenses, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.
At Zinda Law Group, our legal team has handled numerous wrongful death cases nationwide and helped our clients seek the justice and compensation they deserved. We are here to assist you through this difficult time, and as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Idaho?
Idaho recognizes that a wrongful death, in addition to causing the death of a person also harms the family of that decedent. The purpose of wrongful death claims is to provide compensation for the harm heirs have experienced due to the death of their loved one.
In order to succeed on a wrongful death claim, you need to prove that an actionable wrong occurred and that the actionable wrong caused the death of the decedent. Any injury that would have been actionable had the decedent survived would qualify as an actionable wrong.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Idaho?
In Idaho, the decedent’s spouse, children, stepchildren, parents, and the personal representative of the decedent may file a wrongful death claim. Additionally, any blood relative or adopted sibling of the decedent may file a wrongful death claim in Idaho if they were wholly or partly dependent on the decedent for their support or services.
If you are one of these individuals and feel that your loved one was taken too soon because of another person’s actions, you may want to consider whether filing a wrongful death claim may help you and your family recover from your loss.
What Damages Are Available in an Idaho Wrongful Death Claim?
In Idaho, damages are awarded according to what either a judge or jury deem just.
There are several types of economic damages you may be able to pursue. For example, you may be entitled to recover for the medical expenses and funeral expenses related to your loved one’s death. In terms of financial support, an individual also may be entitled to what they could reasonably have expected to receive from the decedent during his or her lifetime.
In addition, the non economic damages a person may seek in a wrongful death suit are the loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection, guidance, advice, and intellectual training which the deceased would have provided.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Idaho?
The statute of limitations for bringing a wrongful death claim in Idaho is two years following the date of the decedent’s death. Although two years may not sound like a long time, it can take a while to build a successful wrongful death case, so getting the legal process started sooner rather than later will be helpful.
Additionally, depending on who the actor was that brought about your loved one’s death, the statute of limitations may be shorter. Therefore, it is incredibly important to start looking for an attorney as soon as possible after your loved one’s death to identify all potential defendants in order to ensure that you can seek financial recovery from the tragedy your family has experienced.
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At Zinda Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys have helped thousands get their lives back on track after an accident. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and seek the justice and compensation your family deserves.
Our firm also believes that you should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation while grieving. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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