Draper Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing someone you love is never easy, especially when it comes unexpectedly. In addition to grieving and having to adjust to life without the help of a partner, parent, or child, your family may be experiencing substantial financial difficulties.
If the death of your loved one came about through someone else’s negligence, intentional act, or medical malpractice, then you may be eligible to file as a claimant in a Utah wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit can provide your family with the compensation you need to address the financial impact of your loved one’s death.
Handy & Handy | Wrongful Death Lawyers in Draper, Utah
At Handy & Handy, we have litigated many wrongful death and traumatic injury cases to settlement and verdict. Although we cannot bring back your loved one, we can help you hold the wrongdoer financially accountable for your loved one’s death and the pain they have caused your family.
We understand that money is the last thing you want to talk about after the death of a loved one. But we believe that it is important that you pursue your legal rights and that, where appropriate, you pursue every legal remedy available to you.
Our Utah wrongful death lawyers have a lot of experience helping families through these really difficult decisions and this very difficult time, and are available to speak with you regarding your case and legal rights. We bring the care and attention of a small law firm, but with the in-depth experience of a large firm.
Wrongful Death in Utah
In Utah, a wrongful death occurs when a person loses his or her life as a result of intentional acts or negligence of another. In Utah, a wrongful death claim can be brought in a number of situations, including motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, death caused by a defective product, and even intentional murder.
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to allow you to recover the financial losses that you and your family have experienced as a result of your loved one’s wrongful death. Many families do not realize the full financial impact of a loved one’s death until long after they are gone.
A wrongful death claim allows you to pursue compensation for the following damages related to your loved one’s death:
- Funeral and burial costs;
- Your loved one’s final medical bills;
- Pain and suffering your loved one may have endured from the moment of their final injury to their death;
- Loss of income, wages, and benefits that your loved one would have earned had they survived;
- A spouse’s loss of consortium;
- A surviving family member’s loss of care, companionship, and guidance; and
- Punitive damages, in some cases
In short, a wrongful death claim is designed to shift the financial burden resulting from your loved one’s death, from you and your family to the party whose wrongdoing led to your loved one losing their life.
Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Claim in Utah
Although the death of a loved one can affect many different people, Utah’s law is pretty clear on who can bring a wrongful death claim. These individuals include the surviving spouse, surviving children, parents, and/or the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate or the decedent’s legal guardian.
To successfully bring a wrongful death claim, you must prove the death of your loved one was the result of someone else’s negligence. You must also prove that you have suffered damages.
If you feel you have a valid wrongful death claim, it is important to act quickly. In Utah, you must generally bring a wrongful death claim within two years from the date of death or be barred from doing so.
Contact An Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer at Handy & Handy
Utah’s wrongful death statute is dense and can be frustrating to understand. With that in mind, we strongly encourage you to consult with an experienced attorney about the procedure for filing a wrongful death claim in Utah, and to ensure you receive adequate compensation to account for the death of your loved one.
Give Handy & Handy a call at (801) 264-6677, or visit our contact page. We will be happy to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers in Draper to discuss how we can help you.