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However, wrongful death lawsuits can and do stem from intentional acts of violence or harm. Although people who commit murder and manslaughter will very likely face criminal charges and a tough sentence if convicted, the surviving loved ones of those who have been killed with intention may also file civil suits against those responsible for their loss. Wrongful death litigation serves a different purpose for victims than the criminal justice process does and may therefore be filed by surviving loved ones even if those responsible for the death are already facing a criminal process. The experienced team at Telaré Law helps surviving loved ones to navigate their legal options in the wake of a loved one’s death, whether that death was caused by negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior.
Criminal Charges and Civil Liability
When a criminal act results in death (such as an assault or intentional murder), the perpetrator can and should face criminal charges. But the criminal justice process does not preclude a separate civil suit, nor conviction/acquittal in one arena determine the fate of the other case.
Even in cases where someone is charged with and ultimately acquitted of murder, they may still be held liable for wrongful death in a separate trial. This is, in large part, because the standards of judgment are different. Criminal cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas civil trials require a determination of guilt after preponderance of the evidence. The latter standard is easier to meet.
One of the most famous cases of a wrongful death judgment despite criminal acquittal is the O.J. Simpson murder case. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife and another man, yet the victims’ families went on to win a wrongful death case against him.
Considering Justice vs. Financial Compensation
Although it is necessary and right to seek criminal justice for those who have killed others through intentional actions, the criminal justice process rarely results in adequate financial compensation for the families of victims. This is one of the many reasons why it is important to explore your legal options with an experienced Richland, WA wrongful death lawyer after you’ve lost a loved one to an intentional act. Losing a loved one comes with huge economic and non-economic costs, and families deserve to have those costs covered. Civil suit compensation awards may include damages related to:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income and savings
- Medical bills leading up to the time of death
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Infliction of emotional distress
No amount of money can make a family whole again after losing someone they love, but financial compensation is nonetheless an important aspect of the healing and survival process after such a tragedy.
Discuss Your Case with a Compassionate Attorney for Free
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the intentional actions of someone else, you may be wondering where you go from here. The pain and grief are overwhelming. In addition to cooperating in criminal investigations and charges, please consider speaking to our attorneys about your legal options for wrongful death compensation. It would be our honor to help you make an informed decision about how to proceed. Contact us to have your questions answered by a knowledgeable and compassionate Richland, WA wrongful death lawyer today; we look forward to speaking with you.
Wrongful Death Cases Resulting from Negligence or Recklessness
Not all wrongful death cases that are filed successfully in Washington and throughout the U.S. stem from acts of criminal violence. Many wrongful death scenarios result from the negligent or reckless actions or inactions of individuals, corporations, and even municipalities. It is therefore important to schedule a consultation with a Richland, WA wrongful death lawyer if you either know or suspect that another’s choices contributed to your loved one’s death, even if their death did not result from criminal activity. For example, if your loved one died in a car crash, other drivers involved, manufacturers of faulty auto parts, or the city tasked with properly maintaining the road upon which the crash occurred may be potentially found liable for your loved one’s death.
You may not know for sure whether you have grounds for legal action until you’ve attended a free consultation with the Telaré Law legal team. That’s okay. One of the reasons why our team offers free consultations is that we don’t want accident victims or their families to feel like they need to drum up financial resources simply to find out whether they have grounds for legal action. The law protects everyone equally. We believe that everyone should be able to discern what their rights are and how to act upon them accordingly. Therefore, even if you’re unsure of whether you have grounds for a case, it’s a good idea to seek legal guidance “just in case.”
What if I Have Already Been Offered a Settlement?
If you have already been offered a settlement, do not accept that settlement until a Richland, WA wrongful death lawyer on our team has reviewed it. Settlements that are extended to the families of injury victims who have lost their lives may either be fairly valued or undervalued. In the event that your settlement offer is undervalued, the terms of your settlement will likely make it impossible for you to seek any additional compensation that you are owed in the event that you accept that settlement. Once our team understands the unique circumstances surrounding your legal situation, we’ll be able to advise you in regard to whether your settlement is fairly valued and worth accepting or whether you should consider pursuing other options at this time.
Legal Assistance Is Available
Trying to process the realities of the legal and financial “sides” of your recent loss can seem like a daunting task when your grief is fresh. It is important to understand that when you attend a consultation with our legal team, we will not pressure you to take any action whatsoever. Our job is to explain your rights, to explain your options, and to assist you in the event that you choose to follow through with one or more of those options. The decision to act or to refrain from acting will always rest with you. Please don’t wait any longer to get a better sense of whether you and your loved ones are owed compensation in the wake of your loss. Allow us to assist you with your legal needs today. We look forward to speaking with you.
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