What Happens to My Loved Ones if I Pass Away Because of a Personal Injury Accident? - Sand Law North Dakota
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What Happens to My Loved Ones if I Pass Away Because of a Personal Injury Accident?

16th June 2022

What Happens to My Loved Ones if I Pass Away Because of a Personal Injury Accident - Sand Law North Dakota Fargo Minot Car Accident Attorneys

If you’ve suffered a devastating injury in a slip and fall accident, a head-on collision, a truck accident, or due to any other occurrence that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation. You may be worried that you may eventually succumb to those injuries and your loved ones won’t be taken care of. The attorneys with Sand Law are here to assure you that won’t be the case at all.

Please get in touch with us to learn more about how we may be able to help. You can contact us online, or you can give us a call at 701-609-1510 for a free review of your case.

Are You Worried About Leaving Your Family Behind Due to Severe Injury After a Personal Injury Accident?

We can’t say enough about how much we admire you for looking out after your family. You may be suffering terribly. But you’re still putting others first. We want to let you know that we’re ready to fight for your rights. And we’ll make sure those responsible for that suffering are forced to pay dearly.

Should the worst happen, we want you to be at peace knowing we will do everything we possibly can to help ensure your family’s financial security. We have a long track record of doing just that for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries through no fault of their own.

There are several options you can pursue to make sure your family receives the compensation they need in order to remain on solid financial footing. These are just a few to keep in mind.

Your Family Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Your Behalf

We obviously hope you can eventually recover fully from your injury. No matter how bleak the situation may seem at this time. But if you do pass away, we can help your family file a wrongful death lawsuit.

You can rest assured that we will take care of everything, giving your family members the space they need to process what has happened. We have a deep knowledge of North Dakota law. And we will put that knowledge to work for your family’s benefit.

There is a specific order when it comes to which members of a family can file a wrongful death lawsuit. The first right goes to the spouse. If there is no spouse, or they do not want to take legal action, the right will transfer to the following, in order:

  • Children
  • The deceased’s guardian or parents
  • Grandparents
  • A personal representative of the estate
  • The person who had custody of the deceased when the passing took place

Whoever that right falls to, it will be important that they take action. The statute of limitations for this type of legal action is two years from the date of death. If no lawsuit has been filed by that time, the family will no longer be eligible to pursue compensation.

While we will never press your family into taking action, the hard truth is they will need to do so as soon as they can. This can protect the evidence needed to prove the negligence of the party that caused your injury, ensure the availability of witnesses, and more.

Your Family Can Receive Funds to Pay off Your Medical Debt

The injury you have suffered has undoubtedly led to incredibly large medical expenses. The last thing you’ll want to do will be to saddle your loved ones with that debt should you succumb. By taking legal action, they may be able to obtain the compensation needed to cover whatever medical bills you have accrued. These could include hospital stays, surgical procedures and many, many others.

We can help your family pass that burden to those who are directly responsible for the accident that led to the suffering you’ve been forced to endure.

Your Family Can Receive Pain and Suffering Compensation on Your Behalf and Theirs

Not only are you having to deal with excruciating pain, you’re also very likely going through intense emotional trauma facing the possibility that your time may be coming to an end. Your family is also going through a great deal of mental and emotional pain as well.

While it sounds cold to actually put a money-related term on this type of suffering, that term is known as “non-economic damages.” Emotional trauma can be difficult to place a “value” on, from a legal perspective. It takes an experienced attorney to know what to demand in order to compensate you and your loved ones for the kind of horrible trauma they’ve been forced to experience.

There are other damages that may be available as well. When victims are severely injured due to a particularly egregious form of negligence, such as drunk driving, they may sometimes be able to pursue what are known as “punitive” damages. As the name implies, these are damages that are meant to punish the person who committed that negligence.

Compensation for punitive damages is often substantially higher for other types of damages. However, it’s important to note that they are rarely awarded. But if we feel they are applicable to your case, you can rest assured that we will definitely pursue them.

Our Talented Team of Wrongful Death Attorneys Will Make Sure Your Family is Taken Care Of

We are deeply sorry for the terrible suffering that you’ve gone through, and we fervently hope that you are able to eventually rebound, and once again be able to live the life you love. But if that is not to be, we want to reiterate just how hard we will work to make sure your family is financially secure for years to come.

The Sand Law firm has a great deal of experience in this area of the law, and we’ve achieved a great deal of success in cases like yours. We will do everything in our power to see to it that your case is successful as well. You can contact us online to schedule a free consultation, or you can give us a call at 701-609-1510.