Many people who confronted with the need to wrongful death lawsuits, fail to act on their own simply because they are still grieving and don’t realize why it’s so important to quickly protect their rights and gather evidence necessary to hold the defendant responsible. It is also very complex to deal with a negligent party facing criminal legal action, while at the same time trying to move forward with the civil suit to help with often difficult financial issues and help get closure.
In accidents involving death, it’s important for the family of those affected to realize just why they should take legal action against the negligent party. There are two main benefits that the family has to do so, and our firm breaks these down.
Seeking Compensation and What It Means
Part of a wrongful death case is the pursuit of compensation for the losses you as a family have experienced, including both financial and emotional damages. Compensation can help relieve some of these losses and help you move forward.
Financial losses can include costs from medical expenses, funeral costs, as well as lost past and future income. Emotional losses in a wrongful death case may include lost companionship.
Lost past and future earnings are also sought to be recovered so that the family can avoid the financial stress from losing a loved one. This can be severe in some cases where the lost loved one was the primary bread winner and the surviving family members are without their main source of income.
Seeking Justice and Inciting Change
While it’s easy for most people to think of compensation as the main driving force behind legal action after a wrongful death, for many families, it’s about more than that. Some families find more comfort in taking legal action and forcing the negligent party to accept accountability.
For some, it’s about seeking justice and inciting change for the future. In many situations, when someone, or a company is held responsible for a death, they are often motivated to change their negligent practices and become more safety minded in the future.
At Caputo & Van Der Walde, we have helped create new laws and sought compensation for many of our clients. Our goal is to help clients in need, no matter how dire the situation may be. When you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent actions, you deserve the right to seek just compensation.
Our San Jose wrongful death lawyers are here to help you understand what rights you have and why you should take legal action when someone’s negligence results in the death of a loved one. Know that we’re here for you.