A wrongful death occurs when someone is killed because of the recklessness or negligence of another. Utah Code describes such as the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another party. When such a tragic incident happens, the surviving members of the victim’s family can file suit for a “wrongful death.” Circumstances associated with a wrongful death can be a psychological strain on victims. Generally, the death is an unexpected event. The victim’s relatives are usually left grieving and suffering. This grief can make the process of pursuing the wrongful death case a challenge. A personal injury attorney from the Advocates Law will be able to sympathize with you and make good objective decisions that will help you win your case. At the Advocates Law, we take our duty to our clients very seriously. We seek to treat every case delicately and give our clients the best representation possible. When someone you love has died as the result of another’s negligence, you need someone who can treat your case with the consideration and esteem it deserves. An Advocate will fill this function. The Advocates Law is a personal injury firm serving the entire state of Utah with offices in Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, American Fork, Vernal, Roosevelt, and St. George. If you cannot meet with us, let us come to you! Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with an Advocate today. Complete the form on this page, and an attorney will contact you momentarily.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?
If someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death, you might be able to file a wrongful death suit. A personal injury attorney will be able to tell you if you have a case in a FREE CONSULTATION and can determine whether you qualify as a “presumptive personal representative” who can pursue a wrongful death case. A claim must be filed by a representative who has suffered damages as a result of the decedent’s death. Utah Code specifies these individuals as “heirs.” These people may include:
- A Spouse. Utah Code dictates that the spouse of a decedent can qualify.
- Immediate Family. If a spouse, child, or parent is wrongfully killed, immediate family members may file a wrongful death case. Other people may also qualify, however, as mentioned, the best means of determining whether a person can sue for wrongful death is meeting with a personal injury attorney. Your attorney will be able to assess the details of the death and whether someone was negligent.
Your Advocate is Here for You
For many surviving loved ones, anything associated with the wrongful death case can be a burden to address because it is connected to an emotionally charged experience. Knowing that you have an Advocate who will take care of many aspects of the case can be comforting.
Many people choose the Advocates because:
- PEOPLE FIRST. For survivors, we understand a wrongful death case can be a challenge. We will treat your case with the utmost respect and reverence. We will help you get back on your feet, then all of us can focus on the details of the case.
- STRAIGHT TALK. A wrongful death can be complicated and can feel intimidating or even unfair. We understand this complicated process. We will break it all down for you.
- EVERYONE WINS. When you are treated fairly and receive a fair settlement, you win. We win in turn by building a good reputation and helping our clients.