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Wrongful Death Lawyer

Murder. It’s a word that fills headlines, newscasts and book titles. We talk about murder rates in cities and watch movies about murder cases. There have even been books written about famous murderers and their cases, but we never seem to hear much about wrongful death. There aren’t really any books about famous wrongful death cases, yet in modern terms, the laws that enable wrongful death cases may be even more important than murder laws.

Wrongful death is the term used when someone brings a civil action (as opposed to a criminal action like in a murder case) against a person, or persons, or a corporation, due to someone’s untimely death. A wrongful death suit seeks to prove that this death was caused by the defendants through things like their purposeful acts, negligence, or simple error. Rather than seeking a criminal penalty like a prison sentence, a wrongful death case seeks a financial penalty, giving the deceased’s surviving loved ones the ability to file suit on their behalf. And a wrongful death lawyer can advise you on how to get this done.

A wrongful death lawyer can file suit against drivers who cause accidents that result in the death of another. If an auto accident causes an injury, the injured person can file suit to get compensation for their bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and debility. But if another person is killed in the same accident, filing a wrongful death suit may be the only way the deceased’s loved ones can seek financial compensation for their loss. Often, it is the driver’s insurance carrier that pays this kind of claim and defends against it, so you’ll need a good wrongful death lawyer to litigate this kind of case.

Another common cause for a wrongful death case is when someone has been murdered, but the available evidence is insufficient to support a criminal conviction. The one famous case of a wrongful death conviction is O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges but found to be liable for the wrongful death of his ex wife and her companion by a jury. The critical difference is that while a criminal case requires proof of guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”, a wrongful death case only requires proof by a “preponderance of the evidence”. So if you need 100% proof for a criminal conviction, you only need 51% proof for a wrongful death verdict. And if the defendant was convicted of murder, the victim’s loved ones can still bring a wrongful death suit against them to impose financial, as well as criminal penalties.

If you or a loved one is in need of a professional Wrongful Death Lawyer,   Long Island Law is there for you.

One other case where a wrongful death lawyer will file suit is when a corporation, through their negligence, policies or willful acts, causes one or more deaths. When they do cause a death, a corporation cannot be charged with murder. With the normal criminal proceedings off the table, the only recourse to hold a corporation accountable for the deaths they have caused is to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the corporation.

If someone you love has been killed due to the actions or negligence of another, you should seek out a wrongful death lawyer to help you understand your rights and options. A wrongful death case is easier to prove than a criminal case and can bring you some comfort in knowing that those responsible for the death of your loved ones have at least been held accountable financially.

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