If you experienced the sudden loss of a loved one due to negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
A Hendersonville wrongful death lawyer from The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to help you pursue the cost of:
- Your loved one’s final medical expenses
- Funeral, burial/cremation, and memorial bills
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance and household benefits
- Loss of the decedent’s income
- The decedent’s pain and suffering
When you call us today, a member of our team can help answer your questions regarding your financial recovery options. Our team understands how the civil process works, and we may be able to build a case for compensation on your behalf.
If you lost a loved one and wish to pursue legal action, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville for a free case evaluation at (615) 651-7451.
The Wrongful Death Action Process
No two wrongful death cases are the same. Your case might have one trajectory, while another case similar to yours might take a different path. When pursuing the cost of your wrongful death-related expenses, we will first try to negotiate with the liable party’s insurer. For example, if you lost a loved one in a car accident, we would first negotiate for a settlement with the liable party’s insurance company.
However, insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Sometimes, these agencies employ unscrupulous tactics to pay as little money as possible or deny claims altogether. Your Hendersonville wrongful death lawyer may approach the insurance company and try to resolve your case from there. If they cannot, then you have the option of filing a lawsuit and going to court.
You Only Have a Limited Time in Which to File a Lawsuit
Tennessee Code §28-3-104 only gives claimants a one-year period to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The time you have to act starts from the date of your loved one’s passing.
If the deadline passes and you do not file a lawsuit, you might be barred from pursuing compensation.
We recommend taking legal action as soon as possible following your loved one’s passing. Evidence can get lost over time, and witnesses may forget important details. You will likely want to employ measures that promote your chances of financial recovery. Our team acknowledges that filing a wrongful death action can be confusing. For that reason, we encourage you to reach out to The Cochran Firm – Nashville and ask us any questions you might have.
Situations that Could Result in Wrongful Death
Your Hendersonville wrongful death lawyer will need to build your case based on evidence. These pieces of information vary per case, depending on how your loved one passed away. For instance, evidence in a slip and fall accident would likely look very different from evidence needed to establish a medical malpractice case.
Some of our wrongful death practice areas include:
If you lost a loved one in a collision, our team may be able to help you. We may be able to use the police report, traffic surveillance footage, and testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist to recover damages.
Slip and Fall Cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that over 300,000 people pass away each year due to slip and fall accidents. If you lost a loved one in such an incident, we will need to prove how a property owner’s negligence resulted in their passing.
Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. If you lost a loved one due to a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or surgical error, we may be able to assist you. We will need to prove how your loved one’s care did not meet the healthcare field’s accepted standard.
If your loved one’s passing was caused by a faulty or defective product, you might have options for financial recovery. You might be able to recover compensation from the company that manufactured or designed the product.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
If your loved one passed away due to a traumatic brain injury, your legal team might consult with medical professionals to learn more about their condition. The CDC notes that traumatic brain injuries can include concussions, penetration of the skull, and brain bleeds. You might be able to recover compensation related to your loved one’s end-of-life medical bills, including hospice.
Some wrongful deaths do not happen immediately. Sometimes, contributing factors can slowly result in someone’s passing. If your loved one passed away due to toxic chemicals in their environment, such as asbestos or radon, we may be able to help you. We may use your loved one’s medical history to build a case for damages.
This is not meant to serve as an exhaustive list of our wrongful death practice areas. If you do not see your particular situation here, we still may be able to help you. To learn more in a free, no-obligation consultation, call The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451.
The Cochran Firm – Nashville Provides Compassionate Legal Representation
A Hendersonville wrongful death lawyer may be able to provide legal support during your time of grief and loss. In most personal injury cases, you need to establish the four elements of negligence to recover damages.
- Establishing that the liable party had a duty of care
- Proving that the liable party breached their duty of care
- Showing that because the liable party breached their duty of care, they caused the incident which resulted in your loved one’s passing
- Demonstrating that as a result, you have suffered financial losses
At The Cochran Firm-Nashville, we want to help you:
- Manage the paperwork involved in your case
- Collect evidence to support allegations of negligence
- Calculate the cost of your incurred damages
- Handle communications between all the involved parties
- Negotiate for a settlement from the insurance company
- File a lawsuit, if necessary
We offer services on a contingency-fee-basis. We only get paid our attorney’s fees if your case is successfully resolved. You do not need to pay us anything to get started.
If you lost a loved one in an accident related to negligence, we may be able to help you. Call The Cochran Firm-Nashville now for a free case evaluation at (615) 651-7451.