Meridian Wrongful Death Lawyers
No one should have to experience the devastating heartbreak of losing a loved one in a preventable accident. Sadly, deadly accidents remain an all-too-common occurrence in Idaho. Many of these fatal accidents could have been prevented, if only proper safety precautions had been taken. At Hansen Injury Law, we provide high quality legal services to those who have lost their family members due to the negligence of another party.
Of course, there is no amount of financial compensation that can make up for this type of loss. Still, you need to seek justice to honor the memory of your loved one, while seeking compensation to protect yourself and your family. Idaho wrongful death lawsuits are notoriously complex. To bring a strong claim, you should work with an experienced Meridian wrongful death attorney. If you need assistance, our attorneys are standing by, ready to help. We will conduct an in-depth review of the case, explain your legal rights to you and then help you assess and explore all legal options that are available.
Our Firm Takes All Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death claims can stem from many different types of underlying accidents. While the type of accident in question will not have an effect on your ability to bring a lawsuit, it could have an impact on how the case will proceed. You should work with a law firm that has the experience needed to handle your specific case. At Hansen Law, we take on all types of Idaho wrongful death cases, including deaths that occurred as a result of:
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The Idaho Wrongful Death Statute
Wrongful death lawsuits are governed by state law. In Idaho, these types of claims must always be brought under the state’s wrongful death act (Section 5-311 of the Idaho Statutes). This statute controls many of the most important aspects of your claim. Here, our Meridian wrongful death lawyers address four frequently asked questions and concerns we get regarding Idaho wrongful death cases.
Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Idaho?
Unfortunately, in Idaho, not all parties are eligible to take legal action to seek wrongful death damages. In order to bring a claim, you must be a qualifying party under the state statute. The parties that are legally eligible to bring this type of lawsuit include:
- The surviving spouse;
- The surviving children, including legal stepchildren;
- Parents of the victim; and
- Other blood relatives who were financially dependent on the victim.
If there are no eligible parties who will bring a lawsuit, either because none exist, or because none of them are willing to participate, then the estate of the victim may be able to seek damages.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?
The state of Idaho has enacted a strict statute of limitations that governs all wrongful death claims. In the majority of cases, you will only have two years from the date of your family member’s death to bring your claim. To clarify, this only means that your case must be initiated within two years; it certainly does not have to be completely resolved. Indeed, it is not uncommon for wrongful death claims to take multiple years to settle or go through trial. It should also be noted that there are some limited exceptions to the two-year filing time limit. If that time has already passed, you may still have legal options available. Ultimately, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to take immediate action. Get your claim into the hands of a trusted attorney today.
How Do I Prove Liability?
Legally speaking, Idaho wrongful death claims share many important characteristics with Idaho personal injury claims. Importantly, liability must still be proven under the state’s comparative negligence standard. Essentially, this means that to hold another party liable, you must be able to prove that they did something wrong, and that their wrongful actions (or inactions) contributed to your loved one’s death.
What actually constitutes negligence can vary considerably depending on the specific circumstances of the case. For example, if your loved one was killed in an auto accident, and you are bringing a claim against another driver, you will need to be able to establish that the driver in question failed to live up to their legal obligations to look out for the safety of other people on the road. On the other hand, if your loved one passed away due to possible medical malpractice, you will need to be able to prove that the doctor or medical provider failed to live up to their professional duties to provide quality treatment.
Regardless of the specific circumstances of your claim, one point is clear: Idaho wrongful death lawsuits are complicated. You owe it to yourself and your family to seek immediate legal help. Do not try to go through this process on your own. Let your attorney take care of the legal matters while you focus on your loved ones.
How Much is My Meridian Wrongful Death Claim Worth?
Once you establish legal liability, your Idaho wrongful death claim will move on to the issue of damages. In these cases, as with all personal injury claims in Idaho, you can only collect compensation to the extent that you are able to prove your damages. Of course, damages in wrongful death claims can be particularly difficult to establish. As such, it is imperative that you work with a qualified attorney. At Hansen Injury Law, our Meridian attorneys will fight aggressively to assist you in seeking every penny that you deserve. We can help you seek financial recovery for:
- All financial losses, including medical bills and funeral costs;
- All incidental economic damage;
- The loss of benefits, such as insurance; and
- The loss of companionship or consortium.
Contact Our Meridian Office Today
While we know that nothing can truly make up for the loss of a loved one, at Hansen Injury Law our wrongful death attorneys are committed to helping families obtain the full and fair financial compensation that they are owed. For immediate legal assistance, please do not hesitate to call our Meridian office today at (208) 922-6650 to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation.
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