Wrongful Death Cases
If your spouse, child or loved one dies as a result of medical malpractice, hospital errors or nursing home negligence, a wrongful death case can’t even begin to compensate you for your loss.
I fully realize that. However, a wrongful death lawsuit can do two things:
- Make the person or persons responsible for the death become accountable, morally and financially. Hopefully, being the target of such a lawsuit will go a long way toward correcting the behavior that caused the death.
- Give the family a sense of closure, knowing that their loved one didn’t die in vain.
Getting to know my case
I start every potential wrongful death case by asking the family to send me some family photos along with a short biography of their loved one. This is because I want to know the decedent as more than just a name on a medical record. I need to know who they were in their life, their accomplishments, their employment, their family.
In my office, your loved one will be a person, not “the aneurysm,” or “the pressure sore.” That way, I can represent them to the defendants during the case as a real person. Usually, the hospital or doctor’s insurance company just sees cases like these as financial numbers on a spreadsheet. My goal is to make them know the decedent like I do.
I strongly recommend
In any wrongful death case where minor children are survivors, I strongly recommend the clients place the minor’s share of any settlement or verdict in an annuity to provide for college funds. I can’t begin to count the numbers of children of my clients who have been able to go to college because of this.