In an unfortunate number of Brain Injury Law Center cases, our attorneys don’t ever get the opportunity to meet our clients. Pursuing justice on behalf of the wrongful death victims of brain injuries, auto accidents, plane accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and other personal injury cases is often a posthumous effort, at least as far as the victim is concerned. This is because many cases of accidents and negligence result in the wrongful death of the victim. Because our legal practice areas focus primarily on life-changing and life-threatening personal injuries, Brain Injury Law Center attorneys are accustomed to helping families through the worst scenarios imaginable. We recognize that the only way to bring lasting meaning and closure out of wrongful death tragedies is to punish those responsible and force them to implement more responsible safety measures for the products and services they provide.
When the death of a loved one occurs, there are many costs to consider. There are the immediate costs, such as medical expenses resulting from a fatal injury, and the funeral expenses for the victim. Then there are the long term burdens of losing a loved one. These include the survivors’ emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and of course, the loss of the victim’s anticipated lifetime earnings. Costs to consider in a wrongful death case:
- Medical and funeral expenses of the victim
- Loss of the victim’s anticipated lifetime earnings
- The survivors’ emotional pain and suffering
- The survivors’ loss of companionship
- Punitive damages
The families of wrongful death victims are at their most vulnerable and desperate in the days and weeks following the death of a loved one. Any time a loved one is lost, it is a difficult time. However, when a life is cut short by the negligent actions of another, the grief can often be deeper and more lasting. In short, it is not a time when those in mourning are at their best about making timely decisions regarding the future. Unfortunately, those responsible for a wrongful death often know this all too well, and move quickly to take advantage of a family’s grief. This can translate to altering or destroying incriminating evidence, suppressing information resulting from an autopsy, making bribes and other means of covering up their fatal mistakes.
But as fast as the guilty parties may move to seal off your best interests, Brain Injury Law Center attorneys can move faster to secure them. We take quick action to make time-sensitive decisions about actions your family must take to insure that the emotional loss you are suffering does not become a financial loss as well. Through a full investigation the circumstances involved in the death of your loved one, we quickly determine who to take to task, and follow through aggressively to win just compensation for our wrongful death clients.
Wrongful death can happen anywhere and everywhere. When a wrongful death is a result of medical malpractice, however, it is usually in an environment where the victim has little say in the health care he or she receives. Prisons, for example, are notorious for providing inadequate health care and misdiagnoses to inmates, often failing to identify obvious symptoms of illnesses or providing inadequate care for injuries inmates may sustain. Nursing homes are also known for failing to keep the best interests of their residents in mind. Many doctors, nurses and health care providers believe that those that can no longer care for themselves should no longer receive the highest level of quality care, and that no one is concerned about their health, anyway. At the Brain Injury Law Center, we know that such prejudice has no place in a medical environment, and that no matter where a person might be, a medical professional is obliged to offer the best medical care they can provide. If you have lost a loved one due to circumstances that seem suspicious or that may have been caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our offices today for a free consultation.