Wrongful Death Laws in Tennessee
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A death of a loved one is a tragedy, especially if the death was a result of another party’s negligence or misconduct. Though no amount of compensation can bring back your loved one, we at Zinda Law Group wish to help you seek damages in the event of a wrongful death. Every state has its own wrongful death laws so if you or your loved one seeks to file a wrongful death claim, call Zinda Law Group at (888) 314-6671 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers to understand more about your claim.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, a wrongful death is a death caused by a wrongful act from another or by injuries received from another. A wrongful death lawsuit is available if the deceased person could have filed a personal injury claim if he or she had survived. However, because the deceased person cannot file a lawsuit, another person must file in his or her place.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Tennessee?
Only certain family members or a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a wrongful death claim. By default, the right to file a claim belongs to the surviving spouse.
However, if the deceased had no spouse, then the claim belongs to the following parties in the following order:
1. surviving child or next of kin
2. personal representative of the deceased person’s estate
3. surviving parent (if the deceased was dependent on him or her)
4. the administrator of the deceased person’s estate (if the deceased was a dependent).
What Damages Are Available in a Tennessee Wrongful Death Claim?
Two general categories of damages are available in a wrongful death claim:
1. Damages suffered by family members
2. Damages suffered by the deceased’s estate.
The first category includes monetary compensation for:
• the loss of companionship and the like;
• the value of financial support family members would have received if the deceased was still alive, and;
• the value of household services the deceased would have contributed to if he or she was still alive.
The second category includes monetary compensation for;
• medical expenses related to the deceased’s death;
• funeral and burial expenses, and;
• lost wages and benefits.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Tennessee?
Tennessee’s statute of limitations states that a wrongful death claim must be filed within one year of the deceased person’s death. However, there may be some factors that might extend this period.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys are highly experienced in dealing with wrongful death claims. We have the knowledge and resources to help you build the strongest case possible and seek the maximum amount of damages.
We at Zinda Law Group sympathize with our clients who have lost loved ones due to the wrongful acts or neglect of another. No amount of compensation can bring back your loved one, but you can be sure that Zinda Law Group will help you seek the maximum amount of damages from your wrongful death claim.
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