Wrongful Death FAQ

Wrongful Death FAQ

In 2011 more than 2.4 million persons in the United States passed away and more than 120,800 died due to an unintentional injury.

An unintentional injury is simply one that occurred in a short period of time that was unplanned such as a motor vehicle accident, falls, and poisonings. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 four major causes of unintentional deaths were motor vehicle traffic accidents, falls, poisonings, and firearms.

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time for those closest to the decedent. Furthermore, the financial strain on families for burial expenses as well as the loss of income if the decedent was the primary breadwinner can cause further stress.

If you have lost a loved one due to another individuals negligence, you and your loved ones may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your wrongful death claim, fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form to your right its FREE to submit and your information will remain confidential.

Wrongful Death FAQ

The unexpected death of a loved one often leaves family members and friends with unanswered questions such as how could this happen and why did this happen. Unfortunately some of questions may never be answered.

At Greg Coleman Law we want to remind families of their rights if their loved one was wrongfully killed in an unexpected accident. Wrongful death is a type of claim brought in a civil action that will hold a person, or party, liable for the death of a loved one.

The following are some commonly asked wrongful death questions:

Who may file a wrongful death claim?

If the decedent was an adult their spouse and/or dependent children may file a wrongful death claim; this may include stepchildren and/or adopted children. If it was a child who passed away the parents may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit. Tennessee law also indicates that if a fetus was viable at the time of the accident, the parents or individual's estate may file a claim for the loss of the unborn child's life.

What compensation may I be entitled to if I file a wrongful death claim?

Compensatory damages such as medical and funeral expenses as well as economic support (lost wages) may be recovered. An individual may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more.

How do I know if I have a wrongful death case?

If a family member has died following the negligent action of another individual, that individual must be held accountable for their actions; therefore, you could be eligible to recover for your losses and damages.

Who may be held liable for the death of a loved one?

The cause of the death may determine who is to be held liable. In the cases of a car accident the driver may be held responsible. However, if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash the driver may be held responsible as could the establishment that continued to serve him/her alcohol after noting how intoxicated the driver already was.

What is the statute of limitations on wrongful death claims in Tennessee?

According to Tennessee Law a wrongful death claim must be filed within one year of when the individual passed away.

How much will a lawyer cost me?

At Greg Coleman Law, our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so we will not charge you unless a winning verdict or settlement has been made and you recover. In addition, we also offer free case evaluations to family members of the deceased.

What damages may I recover for a wrongful death lawsuit?

There are several allowable damages which may be awarded to the family of the deceased. A few damages may include; general damages, punitive damages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, grief, loss of current and future wages, loss of benefits, mental anguish, loss of inheritance, loss of protection, loss of care, and loss of companionship.

Contact our Knoxville Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

At Greg Coleman Law we understand how devastating this type of situation can be, and were here to help those who are in need. Our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have lost a loved one due to the actions of another.

With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys are well-versed in wrongful death claims and Tennessee Laws. We can provide comprehensive legal counsel and determine if you may be entitled to make a claim.

Our main office is in Knoxville, Tennessee but we proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:

  • Powell
  • Oak Ridge
  • Farragut
  • Maryville
  • Kodak

and many more local towns and cities. For more information on your legal rights and how we may be able to help you with your wrongful death claim, contact us at (865) 247-0080. One of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim.

If you would prefer to contact us online, fill out the FREE CASE EVALUATION form at the top right-hand corner of this page its completely confidential.