Loss of Life
If a person or entity makes an error that results in loss of life, either through negligence, product liability, or malice, that death will be considered wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death incident, do not suffer that grief alone. Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan attorneys can step in and represent you in your case against the person or entity responsible for the loss of your loved one. You are entitled to economic, non-economic, and sometimes even punitive damages. Do not face this difficult time alone. Losing someone you love is difficult enough. Allow us to work on your behalf to ensure that you and your surviving loved ones receive some financial relief and compensation.
When it comes to proving wrongful death, three things must be present: breach of duty, cause, and damages. Breach of duty refers to proof that the defendant had a duty to the deceased that was not met. For example, if someone ignores the speed a pedestrian walkway and runs over a pedestrian in their car, they have breached their duty as a driver. Cause refers to a direct connection between the breach of duty and death. For example, if the deceased died of their injuries following an accident in which someone failed to fulfill their duty, there is a clear connection between the breach of duty and death. Damages refer to proof that this wrongful death led to financial and emotional hardships.
Taking on Insurance Companies
Like in most personal injury cases, insurance companies are incentivized to offer surviving family members a lower settlement than they may be entitled to. During this time of personal crisis, it is understandable to want to accept a settlement and be done with the business transactions following the loss of someone you love, but at Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, we urge you not to. Instead, let us handle the heavy lifting to ensure that once the dust has settled and the pain eased, that you will be financially set.
Calculating a Fair Settlement
When it comes to providing damages in the event of wrongful death, there are three main types: economic, non-economic, and punitive. Economic damages refer to compensation from loss of future earnings from the deceased, pre-death medical costs, and funeral service costs. Non-economic damages refer to the compensation for the pain and suffering following the loss of a loved one. Punitive damages can be awarded if excessive negligence led to wrongful death. They are meant to put a financial strain on the responsible party.