A wrongful death may be attributed to many causes. Motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, commercial product failure, abuse by a caregiver, and workplace accidents are only some of the events that lead to wrongful death.
Who May Bring Action To Court?
North Dakota law states that (in this order) a surviving spouse, surviving children, surviving parent, surviving grandparent, a personal representative, or a person who had primary physical custody of the deceased person prior to the wrongful act may bring the action forward.
Results Of A Wrongful Death Case
Wrongful death is a civil action, meaning that the person bringing the case to court is seeking monetary damages. The heirs of the decedent will receive an amount determined by a judge or jury at trial. The damages pursued may include expenses related to medical care prior to death, funeral costs, loss of earnings/income/support, and other monetary losses. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, inconvenience, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, fear of injury, loss, or illness, loss of society, companionship and consortium, injury to reputation, humiliation, and other non-pecuniary damages are also recoverable. The amount and type of damages award are dependent upon several factors and may vary from case to case.
The Necessity Of An Attorney
Because this is a civil case that relies on evidence for the determination of monetary award, an attorney is necessary to help you determine the amount you seek, what you are eligible to receive, and to assist you in obtaining the proof needed for the court. At SW&L, we will make sure you are prepared to provide any and all evidence the court may need for deliberation.
Without adequate legal representation, you may not receive the compensation that you are entitled to by law.
Contact SW&L Attorneys Today
Anywhere in North Dakota, an accident resulting in wrongful death is a tragedy for all involved. A knowledgeable, skilled lawyer is critical for you to acquire compensation for the expenses related to the victim’s death. Make sure you have suitable representation who wants to help you pursue your civil case.
Contact Nathan Severson for a free initial consultation by calling 701-297-2890 to find out how we can help you.