Nothing Will Bring Your Loved One Back, But an Accidental Death Claim Could Take One Worry Off Your Plate
When you got the call that your loved one was seriously injured in a car accident, you feared the worst and, sadly, your fears were realized several days later as he succumbed to his injuries and passed away. It feels like you will never recover from the loss of your loved one and, given what you went through after the accident—talking to the police, filling out hospital forms, making decisions about life support, and, finally and tragically, planning a funeral—thinking about taking on a legal battle may be too much to bear.
You may not even be able to think about the future for your family at this time, but experienced accidental death attorney William Enoch Andrews will think about that for you. As a devoted husband and father of six, Mr. Andrews is proud to protect surviving family members from the financial turmoil that can result from an untimely death.
What Is an Accidental Death?
As a personal injury attorney, Mr. Andrews pursues compensation from responsible parties when people are seriously injured due to someone else’s mistake or negligence. When these negligent acts result in death, Mr. Andrews can pursue an accidental death claim—also called a wrongful death or survivorship action—on behalf of the family of the victim. Mr. Andrews has successfully pursued claims for deaths resulting from the following:
- Car accidents. It is estimated that 38,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2015. Drunk or drugged drivers, distracted drivers, and speeding or reckless drivers account for a large percentage of those deaths, and those drivers should be forced to pay.
- Truck accidents. Long hours of driving, poorly-maintained equipment, and impaired driving all contribute to the 3,600 fatalities caused by truck drivers each year. Both the driver and the trucking company can be held accountable for these tragic deaths.
- Motorcycle accidents. Just because motorcyclists are at an increased risk for death because they are less protected in a crash does not mean their families should not be compensated when another driver’s carelessness leads to the crash that killed them.
- Bicycle accidents. Young people and children are at particular risk of bicycle crashes resulting in serious injury and death. In Utah alone, an average of 375 people are injured and five are killed in bike accidents each year. Drivers who cause these crashes should not be let off the hook.
- Dog attacks. While only around 35 people are killed each year in domestic dog attacks, most of these victims are children who are defenseless against even smaller breeds. Utah law holds owners responsible for dog behavior and you can seek compensation from the owner if your child is injured or killed.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of any of these tragedies, call William Enoch Andrews as soon as you can. He will first make sure you and your family are taken care of, then pursue justice on your behalf.
What Damages Can You Recover on Behalf of Your Loved One?
You may not have fully processed what the loss of your loved one will mean for your family. If the deceased was the primary breadwinner for the family, you will need a financial settlement to continue to live in the manner to which you have become accustomed, which is very important for the wellbeing of your children in particular. If you lost the primary childcare provider and caretaker of the home, replacing the invaluable services he or she performed will be costly. Some of the damages you can be compensated for include:
- Medical expenses. If the accident victim was not killed instantly in the crash, there will be medical expenses related to attempts to save his or her life. If the worst happens, these expenses can be recovered in a settlement.
- Funeral and burial expenses. These expenses are often a shock to surviving family members and if your loved one’s death was caused by another person, you should not have to cover these costs.
- Loss of earnings of the deceased. Based on the victim’s current earnings, age, and life expectancy, a determination is made as to how much money the deceased would have earned if he had lived, and this amount is awarded to the survivors.
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the death. Cost of deductibles, transportation, over-the-counter medication, parking, and other miscellaneous expenses can also be recouped in an accidental death claim.
- Pain and suffering. While calculation of this amount can be confusing, there is no doubt surviving family members suffer from the loss of a loved one. An experienced attorney will be able to quantify this pain to make sure you are compensated.
- Loss of society and companionship. This award is intended to ease the emotional pain associated with the loss of a loved one, as well as compensate for the loss of the deceased’s love and guidance.
- Punitive damages. Sometimes, when an act of negligence is malicious or shows a callous disregard for the safety of others, the person or business may be ordered to pay additional damages to survivors as a form of punishment.
It is important to understand that insurance companies are not going to willingly hand over maximum settlements. That is why you need an experienced, compassionate accidental death attorney on your side.
Attorney William Enoch Andrews Is Your Best Bet
Mr. Andrews focuses exclusively on personal injury and accidental death claims which allows him to provide the best representation possible. He takes the time to consider the life impact of your loss and will refer you to doctors, other attorneys, and financial advisors to help you cope with the loss of your loved one. Even in this time of sadness and loss, you will not regret scheduling a free consultation with Mr. Andrews.