Perhaps a police officer knocks at your door late at night, or you receive a call that you must hurry to the hospital, only to discover that you’re too late; there is no easy way to learn that someone you love has died, suddenly and prematurely, in an accident. You are stunned, you are in denial, you can’t accept that the person is gone from your life forever. You are overwhelmed by grief . . . and then, it gets worse: you learn that the accident was another person’s fault, that it was preventable, that you’ve been deprived of your loved one because someone else—an individual or a company—just didn’t care enough to do the right thing. Someone else was negligent in driving, in maintenance of a property, in manufacturing a tire or a drug or another product, and their wrongdoing killed your family member, broke your heart, and turned life for you and your family upside down.
A wrongful death is one that happens because of another person’s deliberate, careless, or negligent act. Any sudden death of a loved one is hard to bear, but knowing that it never should have happened makes it that much harder. In these cases, you, your family, and the deceased’s estate have the legal right to recover compensation from the person, company, or other entity that caused the death, by initiating a wrongful death action.
If you are suffering from the wrongful death of a family member, you may be feeling overwhelming grief and anger. You may feel so devastated and depressed that you aren’t able to handle the legal tasks required to make a claim against the person responsible for the death; but it is important to do so now for several reasons:
You will need an experienced, successful, and compassionate Tennessee wrongful death attorney to help you. In Chattanooga, you can get the help you need at the law firm of Wetterman and Keith, LLC. Our dedicated personal injury and wrongful death lawyers have many years of experience helping families who have lost a loved one to demand accountability and recover a monetary award for their damages.
The survivors of the deceased are entitled to claim economic, non-economic, and—in cases of extreme indifference to human life—punitive damages. In addition, if the victim lived for a period of time between the accident and death, the estate may bring a separate survival action to be distributed among heirs.
Tennessee’s Wrongful Death Statute specifies the damages that certain family members are entitled to recover when a wrongful death has occurred:
The attorneys at Wettermark & Keith, LLC, in Chattanooga understand that this is a difficult time for you, and they are committed to providing you the support you need as they work to pursue justice for you and your bereaved family. Call us today for a free legal consultation, and let us relieve some part of the stress that you are going through.