If you’ve recently lost a loved one in a car accident, in an on-the-job injury, or in some other act caused by the negligence of another party, the team at Eisenberg Cutt Kendell & Olson, Attorneys at Law wants to fight for justice for your family. We understand that you’re going through a difficult time mourning the unexpected loss of your loved one and that a complicated legal issue is the last thing you want to focus on, but we can help you move toward closure and justice. If you’ve lost a loved one to wrongful death, here’s what you should know about moving forward with a legal claim.
First, because of Utah’s statute of limitations, it’s important to contact a wrongful death attorney in Utah as soon as possible to discuss your options. In most cases, a claim must be filed within two years of the date of the deceased’s death. However, if the claim involves a government organization, that statute of limitations is only one year. When you’re grieving, holding the responsible party accountable can help you move forward.
You’ll need to meet certain eligibility requirements to file a wrongful death claim. You must be a close family member (spouse, child, parent) or certain other relative to serve as the representative of your loved one’s estate when it comes to legal matters. If, however, the deceased named a representative in his or her will, that person will serve as the legal representative instead.
Finally, you’ll want to understand what to expect should you choose to file a claim. When you meet with a wrongful death lawyer, he or she will explain your options and guide you through the legal process to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. You may be able to recover damages for funeral or burial expenses, medical care, lost wages, and punitive damages, as well as those non-economic aspects of losing a loved one, like loss of care or companionship.
While losing a loved one unexpectedly is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever experience, you will get through the grieving process and move forward as a stronger person. Contact the experienced, compassionate attorneys at ECKO Legal to fight for justice for your family.