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Protecting your rights and reputation against a wrongful death lawsuit

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | Firm News

Wrongful death lawsuits are a serious matter, often resulting in significant emotional and financial consequences for companies, insurers and individuals. If you find yourself to be a target of such a lawsuit, it’s crucial to understand your rights and how to protect your reputation. Here are some key points to consider.

Understanding the lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action brought against a person or entity believed to be responsible for someone’s death due to negligence or intentional harm. Examples range from a driver who hits another car to a construction company whose employee falls from scaffolding. It’s important to remember that this is a civil matter, not a criminal one, meaning the plaintiff’s goal is to seek financial compensation rather than criminal punishment.

Common defenses

There are several defenses commonly used in wrongful death cases. These include arguing:

  • There was no causation.
  • The deceased assumed the risk.
  • The deceased was partially at fault (comparative negligence).
  • It was self-defense.
  • They signed a release agreement.

The availability and effectiveness of these defenses can vary depending on the specifics of the case and the jurisdiction.

Protecting your reputation

An improperly handled wrongful death lawsuit can significantly impact a company’s reputation in the community or put an individual at odds with their neighbors. It’s essential to handle the situation with care and professionalism. While creating a strong defense is necessary, protecting one’s reputation means not making ill-advised public statements about the case without consulting your attorney.

The importance of evidence

Evidence plays a crucial role in wrongful death lawsuits. This can include medical records, witness testimonies, expert opinions on the cause of death and other related factors. Your attorney can help gather and analyze this evidence to build a strong defense.

Legal counsel is the first line of protection

Having experienced legal counsel is crucial in a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can guide a construction company through the complex legal process, help them understand their rights, and work to protect their reputation. They also help develop a strong defense strategy for individuals tailored to the specifics of your case. Facing a wrongful death lawsuit can be a daunting experience. However, understanding your rights and having a strong legal defense can help protect individuals and businesses’ interests and reputations.