How a Personal Injury Lawyer Determines Wrongful Death

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The wrongful death of a loved one can leave an incredible burden and grief upon the family, not only emotionally, but financially as well. It can be especially troubling when the death of a loved one is caused by the negligence, recklessness, or wrongful actions of another person, entity, or a company. Families, who have lost a loved one, have the right to seek compensation in the form of a wrongful death case against responsible persons, entities, or companies. When someone hires a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer, they’re doing so with the hope that they will be financially compensated for the tragic loss and death. It’s a system designed to hold people, entities, and companies accountable for the wrongful death. It’s important for someone to know the basics about how wrongful death cases work so they know what to look for when it comes time to hire a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer.

Civil Wrongful Death vs. Criminal Wrongful Death

One of the first things you might want to understand is the difference between a civil wrongful death case and a criminal wrongful death case. 

A criminal wrongful death case typically involves a loss of life with the added factor of criminal charges being involved, such as a death caused by a traffic accident where the at-fault driver was under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

In civil wrongful death cases, the main goal is for the surviving spouse and family members to receive financial compensation. In these cases, there may be multiple parties involved or contributed to the death. The monetary or financial compensation is used to recover damages, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and loss of future earnings, grief, pain and suffering, and emotional stress. No amount of money can bring the person back or fully compensate for the loss of precious life, but receiving monetary compensation can provide some financial or monetary peace of mind. That’s where MillerKing Law comes in to provide a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer to give advice, provide counsel, investigate, and potentially prosecute wrongful death claims. We are there to help the family. 

How Miller King Can Make a Wrongful Death Case:

They Investigate The Situation

The main responsibility of an attorney while investigating a potential wrongful death claim or case is making sure that the death was caused through the fault, negligence, or other wrongful conduct of another party and not due to any kind of natural causes. The way to determine the facts and circumstances is to investigate and review medical records, expert opinions, autopsy reports, traffic crash reports, police reports, and witness interviews. This can help the attorney get a whole picture of the situation and circumstances to make a determination. 

They Consider All the Factors

The main goal of a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer is to make sure the family is fairly and reasonably compensated for the wrongful death, and to do so in a professional and respectful manner. This means considering various factors, such as the decedent’s marital status, family history, employment history, impact on the community, age, health, and relationship with family and spouse. The goal is to seek answers to such questions in a manner and method that is empathetic and respectful to the victim’s family.

Call Miller King if You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Wrongful Death Case

It can be a very harrowing time for family members when they’ve lost their loved one. Whether the cause of death is through a vehicular accident, mesothelioma caused by asbestos, trucking accident, or any other incident where someone else is at fault for the death, an important aspect is that the family receives just compensation. MillerKing Law has helped many people and families recover successfully so they can begin the healing process. To learn more about MillerKing Law, you can visit our website at or give us a call at (618) 462-8405.