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Layton Wrongful Death Lawyer

It is difficult to express the pain, grief, and shock that accompanies losing a loved one, especially when their death was needlessly caused by neglect, wrong-doing, or a tragic mistake. In the aftermath of sudden death, it is difficult for those left behind to come to terms with what happened, while the shock of that sudden loss can seem impossible to bear for the family and friends who have been left behind.

There are many ways in which a person can be the victim of wrongful death, whether from the malpractice, negligence, or sheer carelessness of an employer, business, government agency, or individual person. Some of the cases in which a wrongful death was proven to happen include:

  • Medical malpractice, such as errors during surgery or prescription mistakes
  • The provision or administration of an illegal drug – this includes street drugs as well as prescription-only drugs ordered online from an illegal supplier
  • Auto accidents: driving while under the influence, poor vehicular maintenance, or driving while using a cellphone are all instances of drivers causing wrongful death
  • Accidents at work: for example, an employer’s failure to provide safety guards on industrial equipment, failure to provide safe working in confined spaces
  • Faulty products – in the past, wrongful death lawsuits have been won where motorcycles have been designed poorly, causing mechanical failures while the rider is driving
  • Illegal exposure to dangerous materials: more and more cases are coming to light where workers exposed to asbestos as part of their jobs have died and their deaths declared unlawful due to negligence on their employers’ behalf

If you have lost a close family member due to negligence or dangerous actions on the part of another person or party, schedule your free case evaluation with our wrongful death attorney by calling us today at 801-350-3506.

Who Can Sue For A Wrongful Death?

Utah State law allows the following people to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to those responsible:

  • The deceased’s surviving spouse
  • Their surviving (adult) children
  • Their parent(s)
  • Any surviving stepchildren of the deceased – must be under 18 at the time of the wrongful death and have been financially dependent on the deceased at the time.
  • Other blood relatives as defined by Utah inheritance law
  • If the deceased had a will in place when they died, the person named as their personal estate representative

The State of Utah has a two-year statute of limitations for bringing forward a wrongful death lawsuit – however, this is reduced to one year if a State body is being sued.

What Compensation Could a Layton Wrongful Death Attorney Recover on My Behalf?

This is a sensitive subject, and courts have awarded different amounts of compensation according to each individual’s life circumstances. Compensation can be split into two distinct parts:

Economic damages, which are awarded on a case-by-case basis and are intended to ensure that those left behind do not suffer financially because of the wrongful death of their loved one. These can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Any healthcare received by the deceased because of the incident, up to the time of their death
  • Lost wages and future earnings and benefits, including health insurance, pension, etc
  • Pain and suffering experienced by the surviving family members
  • The loss of care, companionship, and guidance

Punitive damages can also be awarded by the judge/jury, which is intended to punish the wrongful party to the death of a loved one.

Our Layton wrongful death attorneys have many years of experience in recovering compensation on behalf of people just like you. To schedule your free case evaluation where you can learn more about your eligibility and how we could help you, contact us today, or you can call on 801-350-3506.