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WRONGFUL DEATH ACCIDENTS

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Wrongful death is defined under Utah law as a death that is caused by the “wrongful act, neglect or default of another party.”

Wrongful death claims are very similar to other personal injury claim with one important exception; wrongful death claims can only be made by the deceased’s heirs or the deceased’s estate. While money alone can never replace the loss of a loved one, wrongful death claims can aid surviving family members by providing financial resources to pay medical or other bills caused by the tragedy and compensate for losses and suffering resulting from that untimely death.   Wrongful death claims most commonly arise out of vehicular accidents, although wrongful death claims also arise as a result of premises liability accidents, industrial accidents and medical malpractice .

Wrongful death claims allows heirs or the deceased’s estate to recover the cost of medical expenses for the injuries that lead to the death, funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of certain benefits such as health insurance and pension benefits  and the emotional pain and suffering associated with the loss of a beloved family member; in certain cases, punitive damages may also be available.

Important elements of any wrongful death case are the age, health and life expectancy of the deceased prior to death, the deceased’s past and projected future earnings ability and the loss of society, comfort, companionship, love and affection that was caused by the fatal accident.

Not all family members are entitled to make a wrongful death claim.  Under the Utah Code Wrongful Death StatuteSection 78B-3-105 only the following specified individuals are entitled to file a wrongful death action:

1.    The surviving spouse
2.    The surviving children
3.    The surviving parents of the deceased
4.    Dependent step children under age 18
5.    Other blood relatives in line for inheritance.

Each heir has a right to bring his or her own wrongful death claim or can join together in a single action; each claim will have a value of its own that relates to the individual losses of that claimant.

Except in cases involving governmental entities as defendants, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the death.

Attorney David Altman has been honored as one of the Best Attorneys of America and received the NAOPIA TOP TEN (10) award.  The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top Personal Injury lawyers in the nation and less than 1% of the more than 1 million attorneys in the United States have received this prestigious award.

Our law firm handles all aspects of personal injury cases with our no recovery, no fee guarantee. Please contact the Law Offices of David Altman, a top Saint George personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of wrongful death accident victims and winning their cases for over thirty five (35) years in Utah and California.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury in St. George, Salt Lake City or anywhere else in Utah and are seeking aggressive, competent and superior legal representation, please call us for a free no obligation, confidential consultation at (435) 688-9999.

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