- Written by John Kalil
Wrongful Death Attorney
A death is wrongful when it is caused by the willful or negligent act of another. A wrongful death claim is filed by the survivors, heirs, or beneficiaries of the decedent, and any remedy is designed to compensate those survivors for their loss.
A wrongful death claim may be based on an intentional, reckless, or negligent act. Plaintiffs are required to prove that the defendant’s act was the proximate cause of their decedent’s death and establish their entitlement to damages.
In calculating damages, courts consider various factors like the age, salary, life expectancy, nature of work, and the physical and mental health of the decease. Punitive damages may also be awarded if the defendant’s act was reckless or intentional.
Tort procedures, including the procedures governing wrongful death proceedings, are becoming increasingly complicated. Consequently, you need an attorney who specializes in tort proceedings and who has the resources and contacts required to prove your case. You can trust the Law Offices of John S. Kalil to guide you and your family through the complex legal world of a wrongful death action to ensure that the decedent’s family is taken care of and compensation is justly paid.