Wrongful Death Accidents

You may need a wrongful death attorney when someone you know loses his or her life due to the misconduct or negligence of another person, company, or entity. Car accidents, medical malpractice, on-the-job injuries, random acts of violence, or police brutality are all examples of instances where negligence or misconduct can result in the death of a loved one. The pain, confusion, and trauma involved when a loved one is taken from us can be overwhelming. While no one can bring a loved one back or prevent the pain of losing a loved one, the wrongful death lawyers at Christensen & Hymas can help you hold the responsible party accountable and obtain a fair compensation for your loss.

My Loved One was Killed in an Accident…What Do I Do Now?

Step one: Don’t Rush. The intense grief following loved one’s death can be disabling and leaves one in no state to navigate the ins and outs of an insurance claim. Although claimants may feel rushed to begin the processing of a wrongful death claim before the 2-year statute of limitations expires, it is important to get a scope of your situation, avoid mistakes, and take some time for healing. After waiting it out for a little bit, a wrongful death claimant may want to consider contacting his or her own insurance company and look into attorney options. To read more about these steps in greater detail, click the link above.

Wrongful Death Laws

Utah legally defines wrongful death as a death caused by the “wrongful act or neglect of another” (78B-3-106). The legal heirs of the deceased may pursue compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of anticipated earnings, pain and suffering of the surviving family members, loss of companionship, loss of medical benefits, loss of pension benefits, or punitive damages. Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the death or one year if they are filing against the government. To learn the legal definition of “heir”, government-determined timeframes, and more general knowledge about Utah laws concerning wrongful death claims, click the link above.

10 Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

Most are not familiar with wrongful death claims. Because this knowledge is important to the families of a deceased loved one, we have provided quick answers to preliminary questions. For example, many wonder if heirs can file separately or if their case will be made public. Feel welcome to browse these 10 frequently asked questions and their answers through the link above.

Wrongful Death Resources

White Flowers 800px-White_flowers_2007_ by Piotrus on WikimediaThough we can only give legal advice to clients who we have taken the time to study their case, we would like to help in anyway possible to those facing a wrongful death situation. In our “Wrongful Death Resources” article (which can be accessed through the link above), we offer advice and links on how to:

  • Find Wrongful Death Laws
  • Find the Proper Forms
  • Plan a Funeral
  • Obtain a Death Certificate
  • Find Free Grief Support Groups

Our hope is that you will be able to navigate these first necessary steps through the resources available. To all families and individuals, we sincerely wish you peace and healing during this difficult.

Wrongful Death Statistics

To read national and state statistics on traffic accidents, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, and violence, click the link above.

‘Service With Integrity and Compassion’

We truly believe that a lawsuit can provide a measure of closure to the loved ones of the departed by helping with financial burdens. In cases where the deceased has been the primary source of income for the family, monetary compensation will allow survivors the means to move on with their lives.

We would like to help during this time of grief in anyway possible. Please, feel welcome to continue browsing our website, order our free book on wrongful death accidents, or call us at 801-506-0800 and schedule a free initial consultation.

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