Losing a loved one due to another’s negligence and how to move forward.
Losing a loved one in an accident, due to someone’s negligence, or a product defect is heartbreaking. Our attorneys at 801 Injured have helped many Salt Lake families who have experienced this tragedy. We have the expertise to handle legal complexities and seek justice and compensation for families in need.
As in other personal injury cases, there are strict time frames and laws that apply to filing a wrongful death claim. In Utah, the typical statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit is two years from the date of the person’s death. Some exceptions under the law may apply to your case to either extend the two years or require additional steps. If you do not closely follow the rules laid out in Utah law, you may be legally prevented from filing a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Claims in Utah
A wrongful death claim is a claim made by a surviving spouse, child or parent against a responsible individual, company or government entity to collect compensation and monetary damages for the wrongful death of a loved one. The liable person may have acted deliberately, recklessly, negligently or in a way that caused the death of another person. Wrongful death claims are often related to fatal accidents such as, trucking accidents, auto accidents, or defective product accidents.
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Compensation for Wrongful Death Cases
You may be able to collect monetary compensation for your loss, and your losses can be legally determined according to Utah law. Some losses are common to all wrongful death claims, while others are unique and based on the relationship to the deceased person.
It is important to note that parents who have tragically lost a child have the legal right to recover compensation for not only the loss of companionship of their child, but also for the intense mental anguish and emotional pain caused by their devastating loss.
If someone loses their spouse, they may receive compensation for the pain of being alone and the emotional distress. The surviving spouse may also get compensation for the lifetime income and value of services that the deceased spouse would have provided.
Children who have lost their parents can receive compensation for the emotional pain and suffering caused by their parents’ death. Additionally, minor children may be compensated for the financial support they would have received from their deceased parents.