Suddenly losing a loved one can be world-shaking, but even more so when the accident is clearly the fault of someone else. Different to intentional deaths (aka murder and manslaughter), wrongful deaths are tragic in that they may be completely unexpected and unavoidable except that someone had betrayed a position of trust. Whether from a careless or unfit employee on the clock, a place where they were expected to be safe, or from using defective products, those who are responsible for the victim’s demise should aggressively be held liable.
Wrongful death cases are a civil action, not a criminal one. A personal injury attorney in El Paso will pursue a case when the fatality is caused by negligence rather than intent, or in certain situations when a criminal case is not possible. Criminal cases typically involve a defendant that can be incarcerated, but it is very difficult to assign blame on the actions of the government (and its services) and among the many employees of large companies.
Although Harmonson Law Firm, P.C. is based in El Paso, Texas, Clark Harmonson is licensed in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. You may read more about his extensive experience in resolving many significant personal injury and wrongful death claims through his website at www.clarkharmonsonattorney.com.
You may receive Compensatory damages from those responsible. This is to help those left behind cope with the loss, for their anguish and suffering, loss of love, care, and companionship, and the loss of financial support that the victim may have provided. Such projections are often calculated for decades on, depending on the victim’s age upon death.
Punitive damages are levied against an institution to punish and prevent it from happening again. The amounts assigned as the defendant’s liability is made as an example to discourage others from the same behavior.
Although civil suits have a lower boundary for proof than a criminal case, only to prove that the defendant is liable and had been negligent or reckless, it is important to note the statute of limitations. Most states allow two years, but may be as short as one or less. In certain accidents involving public property, against an institution of the local government, it may even go down to a mere six months. Check with a personal injury attorney in your state to know how you can pursue justice and restitution well within the time limit.