If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness in or around Memphis, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Tennessee has a specific set of laws that address wrongful death claims. These laws provide a way to obtain financial recovery against the responsible tortfeasor. The Memphis wrongful death lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz have represented surviving loved ones for over 25 years, helping them recover damages to which they are legally entitled. With more than 30 injury lawyers, we are the largest plaintiff’s accident law firm based in Tennessee.Tennessee Wrongful Death Lawsuits
In Tennessee, a wrongful death claim may be asserted for a variety of reasons, including:
- Car or truck accidents – This could include a car accident where a driver or passenger passes away or a truck accident caused by a commercial truck driver.
- Inadequate security – Sometimes, the decedent is the victim of a third party criminal attack at an apartment complex or other place of business, and a negligent security claim may be filed.
- Medical malpractice – This could include a doctor misdiagnosing a condition, failing to timely diagnose a condition, or improperly performing a surgical procedure.
- Workplace accidents – Fatal accidents often occur at construction sites, railroads, or as a result of operating heavy and complex machinery or equipment.
In a wrongful death case, surviving family members can pursue damages against the person and/or entity responsible for their loved one’s death. Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-5-113, these include damages for medical bills incurred by the deceased prior to his or her death, funeral and burial expenses for the decedent, wages that the deceased would have earned had he or she not passed prematurely, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. An experienced wrongful death attorney in the Memphis area can explain your legal rights and the damages that you are entitled to receive under the law.
In some cases, depending on the facts, punitive damages may be obtained. Punitive damages are a special class of damages designed to punish a defendant for egregious conduct and deter others from acting in a similar manner in the future. Defendants who must pay punitive damages have often acted maliciously, intentionally, fraudulent, or recklessly. The plaintiff must meet a higher burden of proof in order to obtain an award of punitive damages.Retain a Memphis Wrongful Death Attorney
When you lose a family member in an accident caused by someone else, a large void can be left. If the deceased was the family’s primary earner, family members will be left without income needed to support the family. The losses can be emotional as well, as a surviving spouse would be left without the love, comfort, and companionship of the deceased spouse. Fortunately, Tennessee law does provide avenues of recovery for these losses. To discuss your case with a wrongful death lawyer in Memphis, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. Our firm has handled wrongful death lawsuits for more than 25 years. We have more than 30 attorneys and over 100 staff members, making us the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm based in Tennessee. We serve injured people throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-LAW-4004 or complete our online form to arrange a free appointment with a truck accident lawyer or seek guidance with another type of personal injury claim. NST is the way to go.