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How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help a Grieving Family

Published on Jan 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm in Wrongful Death.

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People are usually familiar with the five stages of grief: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages are common for loss, but they don’t consider certain aspects of the loss.

Losing a loved one is a terrible thing that often takes people years to recover from. But when a loved one passes away because of old age, or a sickness you knew they were fighting, there’s at least some comfort in knowing they lived a full life or fought their sickness until the end.

However, there are cases where someone’s negligence lead to an untimely death of a loved one. This makes the grieving process more difficult, because your loved one should be there with you. It’s difficult to think about the possibility that the person who was responsible for your loved one’s death isn’t facing any consequences. This could hit harder if you depended on that person for financial and emotional support.

If you’ve lost a loved one because a person or company was negligent, you can pursue legal action. The Omaha wrongful death lawyers at Welsh & Welsh are skilled and experienced in wrongful death cases. We have represented the citizens of Nebraska for years and want you to know that you’re not alone. We can help get your loved one the justice they deserve.

Lawyers Hold People Accountable

You can give your loved one a voice in a court of law. With the help of a lawyer, you can make sure your loved one’s story is heard. You also hold the person or company accountable for their negligence.

In a wrongful death suit, you can recover damages for the following:

  • Funeral and Burial Expenses.
  • Pain and Suffering for Your Loved One and You.
  • Loss of Earnings and Benefits.
  • Punitive Damages.

The direct family of the loved one can sue for these damages, like the spouses, children, parents, siblings, and grandparents. People who are financially dependent on the deceased can also seek damages.

When you speak up and hold the person or company responsible for their actions, you show that their behavior wasn’t acceptable. The punitive damages might affect them financially, and will leave a lasting impression on them. They will probably take steps to make sure this never happens again. Your lawsuit could create ripple effects that could potentially save lives in the future.

Lawyers Provide Closure

While going to court can’t bring loved one back, you might find comfort they got justice. You’ll need time to grieve for your loved one, but because you held the person responsible for their death, you’ll know you did everything you could. The steps you took to get justice for your loved one could be part of your healing process.

The damages your lawyer seeks to recover for you will help ease the financial burden of losing a loved one. You’ll have the funds to cover your loved one’s expenses and continue your every day life. Your focus can be on mourning your loved one and recovering from this loss.