SALT LAKE CITY
The death of a loved one can be devastating. In addition to the emotional turmoil that comes from the loss, medical bills and funeral expenses can be overwhelming. If your loved one was a breadwinner, it may become a struggle to cope with life’s demands on a reduced income.
When the death of a loved one is the result of someone else’s fault (i.e., a “wrongful death”), you have legal options. A wrongful death may occur as a result of a trucking accident, car accident, dangerous product, medical malpractice, construction accident, or other fatal accident.
Under the law, you can claim compensation for financial losses and emotional suffering caused by the wrongful death of a family member. Such cases are complex and can be lengthy. Representation by a law firm experienced in wrongful-death cases is essential. Elegal is one of the leading wrongful-death law firms in Utah.
Bringing a Wrongful-Death Claim
In Utah, wrongful-death claims usually must be brought within two years from the date of death, although there are some exceptions that may shorten or lengthen this time period. A “personal representative” may bring a wrongful-death claim on behalf of the “heirs,” or the heirs may bring the claim themselves. A personal representative is someone—usually and heir—who is appointed by the court to handle the financial affairs of the person who died. The wrongful-death heirs in Utah are the surviving spouse, children (including minor stepchildren who were primarily financially dependent on the person who died), and parents. If none of these people are alive, then certain other blood relatives may be heirs. If a loved one has died because of someone else’s fault, an experienced personal-injury attorney can prepare and file the paperwork necessary to get the court to appoint a personal representative. Elegal regularly does this for our clients without charging any additional fees.
Elegal has successfully represented numerous families and heirs of fatal accident victims. With a hand-picked group chosen from of some of the nation’s leading medical experts, engineers, accident specialists, and other professionals, our wrongful-death lawyers work to build the strongest case possible. Our Utah lawyers have the resources and ability to get results in these cases, and will work to obtain compensation and justice for you.
Call 801.326.3633 or contact our law firm online to arrange for a free consultation with a skilled Salt Lake City wrongful-death attorney.