Wrongful Death Representation in the DMV

If you have lost a loved one to an untimely death, no amount of money can bring them back. For that reason, many people hold off on pursuing a wrongful death claim until it is too late.

It is important to understand the full extent of your losses and what your loved one would want for your family. Johnnie Bond Law can help during this challenging time.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

When someone’s negligence, recklessness, or deliberate wrongdoing causes injuries that lead to death, the laws of DC and the surrounding states consider that a wrongful death. Certain family members or dependents may be eligible to recover compensation from the person responsible (or their insurance company) by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Essentially, the person filing the claim is filing on behalf of the deceased person, because they are no longer able to seek legal remedies. Compensation obtained through a wrongful death lawsuit can help make up for the support the family has lost due to the untimely death.

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case separate from any criminal legal action such as a homicide charge. In a criminal case, the focus is on punishing the wrongdoer. In a civil case, the focus is on helping the victim’s family. The burden of proof is lower in a civil case. Instead of proving your assertion “beyond a reasonable doubt,” in a wrongful death claim, you only need to show that it is more likely than not that the death would not have occurred had it not been for the defendant’s actions.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death in the DC Metro Area

A wrongful death claim can be based on someone’s intentional act, such as a criminal assault, but more often it is based on a reckless or negligent action. When someone is negligent, they fail to fulfill a duty they owe to others and that failure causes harm. For instance, drivers owe a duty to others to pay attention and follow the rules of the road. If they neglect that duty to focus on a message on their phone and an accident results, then that driver can be held liable for the consequences, including death.

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought when death results from situations such as:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accidents
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Birth injuries
  • Truck accidents

Essentially, any situation that would give rise to a personal injury lawsuit could also provide grounds for a wrongful death claim if the victim died from their injuries.

Damages Available Through a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The loss of a loved one impacts a family in so many ways that it can be difficult to comprehend. An experienced wrongful death lawyer understands the potential losses your family may experience, and will build on legal precedent to seek recovery for each of these elements.

You might be entitled to compensation for the loss of financial support provided by the deceased person, including their earnings and benefits. You might also receive compensation for physical contributions to the household, such as yard work and child care, and for emotional support, training, and guidance the deceased person would have provided.

Find Out How a Dedicated Wrongful Death Lawyer Could Help Your Family in the DC Area

Although it can be difficult to think of legal matters when you are immersed in loss, it is important to take a moment to prepare to meet your family’s future needs. The sooner you begin working with a wrongful death lawyer, the sooner your legal advocate can start collecting evidence to build a strong case for recovery.

At Johnnie Bond Law, we want to help your family recover and move forward after your devastating loss. Call us today to learn more about the ways we can assist. 

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