Wrongful Death Attorneys in Park City
When You Lose a Loved One to Negligence, You Could Be Eligible to Receive Support Through a Wrongful Death Claim.
After the death of a loved one, sometimes it seems as though the grief will never end. We build our lives around our families and the intricate systems of support, guidance, and care we offer each other. When that is taken away, we must deal with the uncertainty and fear along with the heartbreak of losing one of the most important people in our life.
For the survivors of a tragic accident, there is nothing that can help take your life back to the way it was. However, there may be support for you as you start to rebuild. By filing a wrongful death claim, you can ask for justice for the deceased and assistance for those in mourning. Aside from the great emotional pain your family is suffering, there may be material losses as well. If you relied on your loved one’s paycheck to help cover rent or the mortgage or to keep your family fed, losing that support is just another hit in an already vulnerable time. Wrongful death settlements are meant to alleviate financial pressures, so you have one less thing to worry about.
We understand how isolating grief can feel, and we want you to know you’re not alone. Our caring team of attorneys works for people like you because we want to help you access the support you need. However, we know it can be hard to decide whether to pursue a wrongful death claim when so much of your life has been overturned. Before you make any decisions—or talk to any insurers—we urge you to reach out to our team. We want to make sure you know and understand your legal options so you can choose what’s right for you.
Our Park City wrongful death lawyers are available at (435) 296-7434 to help with your claim. We offer free consultations in person and via phone.
What Makes a Wrongful Death Case?
To prevail in a wrongful death case, you must prove the same elements required in a typical personal injury case:
- The defendant had a “duty of care” toward the plaintiff—a responsibility to preserve their health and safety.
- The defendant failed to act (or not act) in a way that would uphold that obligation.
- This failure directly led to an accident that injured the plaintiff.
- The plaintiff suffered damages as a result.
Establishing all four of the above proves negligence, and almost any harms caused by negligence will give the victim or their survivors the right to sue for damages. The one exception to this rule is workplace accidents, which provide recourse through a workers’ compensation claim. Otherwise, wrongful death suits can be filed after accidents including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicyclist or pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Premises liability
- Medical malpractice
- General negligence
In short, if the accident victim would have been able to file a claim for damages, their survivors can pursue the case on their behalf.
A Compassionate Team on Your Side
It takes courage to consider taking legal action despite your grief. At Dodd & Kuendig, we care about each person who comes to talk to us. Your struggles are our struggles—and we are here to offer the support we can. If you’re not sure whether taking legal action is right for you, one of our team members will sit down with you to discuss your case. With a wrongful death claim, you could be able to recover damages such as:
- Final medical expenses of the deceased
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and benefits—current and future
- Pain and suffering of survivors
- Loss of companionship
During this time, you and your family deserve all the help you can get. Nothing can make up for the loss of your loved one—but by taking action, you can at least make sure you are provided for as you rebuild your life after loss.
Call us for a free consultation if you want to learn about your legal options. Our Park City wrongful death attorneys are available at (435) 296-7434.