Wrongful Death Accident

WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER

The Schriever Law Firm will fight to get fair and just compensation for families who have lost a loved one due to the negligent, willful  or wrongful act, omission or fault of another.  These type of cases are called wrongful death cases, and we take them very seriously.

Wrongful death lawsuits are meant to compensate the family of those left behind after a fatal accident.  Wrongful death cases arise out of reckless driving, negligent acts, workplace accidents, bad drugs, defective products or intentional acts that result in death. It is important to consult a with to determine if you have a compensable case.

WHO CAN FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?

Utah law allows a wronful death lawsuit to be brought by the decedent's heirs or personal representative.  Sometimes, families have questions about who the correct person is to bring the wrongful death lawsuit.  Heirs include the surviving spouse, chldren, and parents. Other family members may also qualify depending on the circumstances.

WHAT ARE THE DAMAGES IN A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT?

Generally speaking, wrongful death lawsuits involve two types of damages, economic and non-economic.  Economic damages include things like medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income used for support and other out-of-pocket expenses.  Non-economic damages are sometimes referred to as pain and suffering damages. The wrongful death of a loved one causes tremendous emotional and psychological suffering.

LOSS OF INCOME CLAIMS IN WRONGFUL DEATH CASES

It goes without saying that the death of a beloved husband, wife, mother or father will have a far-reaching effect on those left behind.  The damages include the lost earnings and support that the decedent would have provided.  The damages are calculated by estimating the amount of income the person would have earned and deducting personal expenses and things like taxes. That amount is then reduced to its present value.

Our wrongful death attorney will work with an expert economist to calculate the present value of the decedent’s lost earning capacity.  This will provide a fair figure for the loss of the decedent’s earning capacity as a result of the wrongful death.

WHAT IS A LOSS OF CONSORTIUM CLAIM?

A loss of consortium claim is a claim that can be brought by the spouse of a person who suffered a significant permanent injury  that substantially changes that person's lifestyle.  In cases of death, the surviving spouse's remedy is to file wrongful death lawsuit. That claim will include the loss and suffering sustained by the surviving spouse as a result of the death.

WHAT IS THE WRONGFUL DEATH STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS?

In Utah, the wrongful death statute of limitations is two years.  Accordingly, anyone considering a wrongful death lawsuit should take prompt action to avoid having the claim barred. If you have a question about when the statute of limitations will run, you should consult an attorney.

WHY CHOOSE THE SCHRIEVER LAW FIRM?

The Schriever law firm's compassionate approach will give you the peace of mind to know your case is being handled by a group of professionals with the experience and expertise to get results.

  • Your legal team will gather evidence, and coordinate with the experts necessary to get you fair compensation.
  • We understand that no amount of compensation can change the outcome of the tragedy that caused your loss. But we also understand that the losses sustained by those left behind are real and tangible. It is not just a matter of pain and suffering, it is a matter of lost support and lost companionship. We can help you recover financially.
  • We are a trial law firm. We have the experience to fight for your rights during negotiations and in court. We understand that you have suffered the ultimate loss, and offer compassionate counsel and aggressive representation with the goal of securing justice.
  • If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

THERE IS NO FEE UNLESS WE WIN YOUR CASE

We accept wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means it costs you nothing unless we are successful at getting you compensation for your loss.

Cases We Handle

Our law firm handles wrongful death cases arising out of:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Fire liability
  • Premises liability
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Drunk driving
  • Animal bites
  • Bad drugs
  • Defective products

 

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