No one ever imagines the day where they may need a Memphis wrongful death lawyer to pursue justice on behalf of their loved one. Unfortunately, for many, this day does, eventually, come. If you are someone who recently wrongfully lost a loved one, we are here for you. Contact Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC today to learn more about wrongful death claims in Tennessee and how we can assist you through each step of the process.
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There is nothing more devastating than losing a loved one because of someone else’s careless actions. We understand just how overwhelming this, as well as the legal process ahead, can be. With a compassionate and knowledgeable Memphis personal injury lawyer from our firm on your side, you can, at the very least, have peace of mind, knowing your case is in good hands.
Bringing a Wrongful Death Claim in Tennessee
To bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one, you must first prove that your loved one lost his or her life because of another person’s negligence, medical malpractice, or intentional acts. You are also required to prove that had your loved one lived, he or she would have been entitled to compensation in a personal injury claim.
That said, you should understand that not everyone is allowed to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved ones. There is an order of who can bring a wrongful death claim. First, it is the decedent’s spouse’s right to bring the claim. However, if the decedent wasn’t married, his or her children can bring the claim. If the decedent had no children, the right to bring a claim goes to the surviving next of kin. If there is no surviving next of kin, the personal representative of the person’s estate will bring the claim. Finally, if the decedent was dependent on his or her parents at the time of their death, their parents may bring the wrongful death claim.
If you win your wrongful death claim, you should receive financial compensation to help you and your family cope with the loss of your loved one. The financial recovery you make should compensate you for the following:
- The cost of the medical care your loved one received prior to passing away
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- The loss of companionship, love, or guidance
- The cost of lost wages
Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims in Tennessee
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Tennessee is, typically, one year. This means that you are required to bring your wrongful death claim within one year of the date your loved one passed away.
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We know that the last thing anyone wants after losing a loved one is to get involved in the legal process of bringing a wrongful death claim. However, doing so can help you financially, and potentially even emotionally, as this is an opportunity to bring the liable party to justice and seek the closure you and your family deserve. Contact a Memphis wrongful death lawyer here at Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC today.