Commonly Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims
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Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a very difficult process. In addition to severe emotional pain, you may be left with overwhelming financial burdens for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income and benefits, and much more.
If you choose to seek legal representation and file a wrongful death claim, you may have many questions or concerns about the process. At Zinda Law Group, our skilled wrongful death attorneys can help answer any questions you may have and discuss all your options for pursuing the compensation you deserve.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident and are seeking to file a wrongful death claim, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with an experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorney.
Am I Entitled to Compensation?
The ability to pursue compensation through a wrongful death claim depends on where you live and where the wrongful death occurred.
Different states have different rules as to who can bring a wrongful death claim. However, there are common threads across the various state laws.
Consult your state’s statutes for specific wrongful death laws. The types of people who are eligible to recover for a wrongful death claim for their deceased loved one are usually one of the following:
• Surviving husband or wife
• Child of the deceased
• Parent or guardian of the deceased
• A personal representative of the deceased on behalf of a spouse
• Siblings of the deceased
There are other relationships who may be entitled to compensation, but anything outside of the above five categories will rarely be awarded compensation in a wrongful death case.
Should I File for Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is designed to compensate an employee for an injury that is sustained while on the job. Not all workers’ compensation plans provide death benefits for loved ones.
Check with your jurisdiction to see if the workers’ compensation statutes apply to wrongful death cases. You can also call Zinda Law Group any time at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation to help you determine what the relevant laws are and if they apply to you.
Furthermore, the recipient of death benefits may be narrower in scope than laws surrounding who can recover in a wrongful death claim. Many states have caps as to how much plaintiffs can recover from workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are unsure what to do, you should consult with a wrongful death attorney to determine whether you’re more likely to recover through a wrongful death claim or through the death benefits offered through your loved one’s former employer.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims?
Different states have different statutes of limitations that determine when you can file a wrongful death suit. In many cases, this can make it hard on parties seeking compensation who are still in the early stages of a painful grieving process.
It can be overwhelming to consider a wrongful death suit while you are still going through this highly emotional time. However, in order to file a wrongful death suit, it will be important to start considering legal action as early as you possibly can.
You can check either your state’s wrongful death statutes or consult an attorney to determine whether too much time has passed for you to file a wrongful death suit.
What Sort of Damages Can I Recover Through a Wrongful Death Suit?
Typically, damages fall in one of two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are damages that have an easily quantifiable cost, like lost wages and medical bills. Non-economic damages are more nuanced. They include loss of consortium, as well as pain and suffering.
Get Help from Compassionate Nationwide Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Zinda Law Group, our nationwide wrongful death lawyers understand how hard it can be to pursue legal action after the death of a loved one. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve under the law.
Our firm also believe you should never have to worry about being able to afford superior legal representation. We offer free wrongful death consultations, and as one of our clients, you will pay absolutely nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our nationwide wrongful death attorneys.
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