Losing a loved one is never easy, but when it happens unexpectedly because of the negligence of others, it can be particularly traumatic. Even worse, you may be left to deal with pressing concerns like funeral arrangements, going through probate, and perhaps muddling through a complex web of legal and financial issues, all while you’re weighed down by grief.
Unfortunately, thousands of deaths each year are related to accidents like car crashes, medical errors, slip and fall incidents, and more. Some of these accidents are entirely preventable.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 36,000 motor vehicle crash fatalities were in the U.S. in 2019. In 2016, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts estimated that over 250,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are linked to medical error. The number of deaths related to unintentional falls was over 39,000 in 2019, according to CDC estimates.
While not all of these incidents rise to the level of wrongful death, there are certainly cases in which death could have been prevented if not for the negligence or extreme recklessness of others. This is where a wrongful death lawyer enters the picture.
The Ruth Law Team has over 40 years of experience in dealing with cases like yours. We understand how hard it can be to muster the will to fight medical providers, insurance companies, and commercial interests when you’re mourning the loss of a loved one. These companies often have the resources to wear you down until you accept a pittance of a settlement or you simply give up.
This is why it’s so important to find the right wrongful death attorney. Our qualified and compassionate team is dedicated to seeking justice on your behalf, seeking to secure a settlement that covers medical expenses and helps to get you back on your feet after a loved one’s wrongful death.
Nothing can bring back your loved one, but we can fight to negotiate a fair settlement that allows you the time you need to grieve and begin to heal.
If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death, The Ruth Law Team is on your side. Call us today at (888) 783-8378 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about what our experienced and caring team can do for you.
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Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death claims can result in nearly any case in which negligence or extreme recklessness led to the death of another. To have a claim for wrongful death, an accidental death must include:
- Negligence and/or breach of duty
- Quantifiable damages
Negligence includes careless or reckless behavior by another. A breach of duty means that someone, like a driver on the road or a medical professional, owed a duty to the victim and failed in that duty. The negligence or breach of duty must be proven to be the cause of death, and the death must result in some form of quantifiable damages, such as medical bills, funerary expenses, loss of income/earning potential, or pain and suffering of the victim prior to death.
Experienced wrongful death lawyers can help you to determine whether an accidental death of a loved one qualifies for a wrongful death claim.
Accidents happen every day, and some of these accidents result in death. While not all of these will qualify as wrongful death, several types of accidents commonly include a component of negligence. Examples may include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace or machinery accidents
- Medical negligence or malpractice
- Dog bite incidents
- Product defects
- and more
If your loved one died in an accident like this and you suspect negligence or recklessness was the cause, it’s important to contact the wrongful death attorneys at The Ruth Law Team as soon as possible. We’ll help you to start building a case so you can attempt to reach a speedy resolution.
What Happens Next?
When a loved one dies unexpectedly, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. You may not know where to turn for help. If you’ve never worked with a law firm before, you might be understandably intimidated by the prospect of entering a legal battle. The caring and experienced professionals at The Ruth Law Team are not only passionate about seeking justice -- we also work hard to make your life easier along the way.
Whether you’ve lost a loved one to a medical error, a car accident, or a slip and fall on slippery pavement, you need someone who can alleviate your stress and take on the burden of fighting for maximum compensation on your behalf. This is why we’ve developed a simple, 3-step process.
Building a strong case starts by collecting the evidence of damages related to the incident, including any medical records and associated bills, as well as incident reports, police reports, witness statements, and other documents related to the wrongful death of your loved one.
Once we have the necessary documents, we’ll go deeper into the investigation, interviewing anyone involved in the incident, from other drivers and passengers in a car crash to medical personnel involved in or witnessed medical negligence, for example. We’ll collect any video footage of the incident if it exists. We may also bring in expert witnesses to support the argument that negligence was to blame for the death.
The talented professionals at The Ruth Law Team have the skill, experience, and resources to build a strong case and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or take a case to trial if need be.
We know that you have a lot to deal with in the wake of losing a loved one. We’ll work hard to reduce your stress and secure the compensation you need to pay medical bills, cover funeral expenses, and set aside time to grieve without worrying about creditors hounding you.
Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death can leave you with a mess of financial and legal woes. When you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, you may not have the emotional strength to fight insurance giants simultaneously. Before you get overwhelmed or ready to throw in the towel, you need a wrongful death attorney to shoulder the burden so you can focus on more important things.
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The Ruth Law Team proudly represents victims’ families in wrongful death lawsuits. There’s no need to go it alone or give up on necessary compensation. It’s our job to secure a fair settlement as quickly as possible, and we take our job very seriously.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death
When a wrongful death occurs, the last thing you want to worry about is fighting a legal battle. That’s why you need the seasoned experts at The Ruth Law Team on your side. We understand that you have many questions and concerns, and we’re available 24/7 to address them. With this in mind, we’ve gathered answers to a few of the most common questions that clients have.
Yes. Most people lack the knowledge, experience, and resources to fight a wrongful death case alone. Whether you’re the spouse, child, dependent parent, or personal representative of the deceased (for the estate), The Ruth Law Team can offer the legal guidance, support, and representation you need to secure a fair settlement that may help to secure your future after the wrongful death of a loved one.
At The Ruth Law Team, we understand finances can be tight when you lose a loved one, especially if you’re facing a mountain of medical bills, funeral costs, and the impact of lost income and earning potential. We don’t want to add to that burden, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis. Our fee comes from the settlement or jury verdict, so you’ll never pay out of pocket. If we don’t win or settle your case, we don’t get paid.
If you suspect you have a wrongful death case, the first thing you should do is contact the experts at The Ruth Law Team. We’ll meet with you to help determine whether you have a solid case from which to recover damages. Next, we’ll help you collect documentation, including medical records and bills, witness statements, and more. We’ll start building your case from there so that we can attempt to secure your settlement as soon as possible.
The Ruth Law Team has the skill and experience to negotiate a settlement out of court in most cases, but there are times in which we have no choice but to go to trial to seek maximum compensation. We always prepare for both possibilities to work for the best possible outcomes for our clients.
Our talented team has over 40 years of experience in settling cases like yours out of court, as well as winning maximum compensation at trial. We’re always prepared to fight for justice and recover the damages you’re due, whether it’s in or out of court.
You may be able to claim a range of potential damages, including economic and non-economic damages, in a wrongful death lawsuit. This includes claims for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income or earning potential
- Loss of inheritance
- Lost support or services
- Loss of companionship, guidance, and instruction
- Pain and suffering (of the deceased prior to death)
- and more
Your attorney at The Ruth Law Team can help you to determine what damages you’re eligible to claim.
In Florida and Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death case is two years from the date of death. In Minnesota, you have three years. In each state, there may be circumstances under which you have more time, so it’s best to speak to a qualified lawyer about your particular case as soon as possible.
The Ruth Law Team has 40 years of experience in successfully settling cases like yours, and we’re committed to making your life easier in the process. We’re available 24/7 to address your questions and concerns. We’ll even come to you wherever it’s convenient – at home, at work, or elsewhere.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t get paid unless and until we secure your settlement. If we can’t settle the case, you won’t owe us anything. If you’re facing medical bills accrued before your loved one passed, we’re happy to try to negotiate with medical providers or facilities to defer payment until you reach a settlement in your case. You have enough to worry about as you see to end-of-life arrangements and find time to grieve. Let us take on the burden of fighting for justice on your behalf.
Our Wrongful Death Attorneys
The qualified wrongful death lawyers at The Ruth Law Team have successfully settled cases like yours for over 40 years. Our extensive knowledge and resources give us the leverage to negotiate and work for the best possible settlement on your behalf.
Our talented team of legal professionals includes:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
We work hard to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible so that you can grieve the loss of a loved one in peace and begin to move forward with your life.
Wrongful Death Lawyers in Florida, Georgia, and Minnesota
When you’ve experienced the trauma of losing a loved one due to the negligence of others, don’t get steamrolled into taking a fraction of the settlement you’re due or giving up altogether. Let the expert wrongful death attorneys at The Ruth Law Team be your sword and shield.
Call us today at (888) 783-8378, contact us online, or reach out through our live chat to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about the ways that we can help you secure the compensation you deserve.Florida Georgia Minnesota