At Morgan Law Group, our Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi wrongful death attorneys know the legal definition that supports these cases is a “civil cause of action brought by family members and dependents against individuals who knowingly or negligently cause the death of another person.”
We also know that when someone loses a loved one to another’s negligent actions or inaction, their lives and futures are changed without notice. Here, we delve into what constitutes wrongful death, so our clients understand their legal rights and options to pursue the liable party for their complete damages.
How Can I Prove the Loss of My Loved One Meet the Legal Threshold of Wrongful Death?
To prove that your loved one was a victim of a wrongful death, we must prove four crucial factors are true.
The first two factors require our personal injury law firm to prove the individual or party who you believe is liable for your loved one’s fatality owed your family member a duty of care and breached that duty.
For instance, all motorists owe each other a duty of care while sharing the roadways. If you lost a loved one in a vehicle collision caused by an impaired driver, that person violated their duty of care as soon as he or she got behind the wheel while intoxicated.
The second two factors require us to prove your relative’s death was the direct result of the negligent party’s breach of duty, and that you suffered damages because of his or her death. Using the previous example, if a drunk driver collided with your loved one’s vehicle, killing your loved one, resulting in funeral expenses, lost financial contributions to the home, and a loss of companionship, guidance, and protection, you may have a wrongful death claim.
How Do I Know If I Am Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The eligibility requirements for filing a wrongful death claim vary by state. If you have lost a loved one to another person or party’s negligence, contact our skilled wrongful death attorneys at Morgan Law Group to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to discuss your case, the circumstances that led to the loss of your loved one, and how we can help you determine if you are eligible to file a claim for your family’s full financial recovery.