Nashville Wrongful Death Lawyers Representing Families Throughout Tennessee
Compassionate injury attorneys protecting families’ futures in Nashville, Gallatin, Knoxville and throughout the state
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve the loss of a loved one. Some people suffer great sadness; others become angry – at the deceased or at the world. Some people make themselves numb, while others grapple with serious questions and concerns about what to do next. These feelings, already so complicated, can become even more pronounces when the death is the result of the negligence action of another person or entity.
The loss of a loved one is emotionally devastating to everyone. While we know we can’t make this experience any less painful, we can provide you with a compassionate ear and help relieve the financial stress the loss has caused you by holding negligent parties responsible for their actions. The team at Rocky McElhaney Law Firm helps you find the answers you want, the closure you seek and the compensation you need to protect your family during these difficult times. Our dedicated wrongful death attorneys in Nashville, Gallatin and Knoxville are here to help you get through this difficult time.
Civil claims vs. criminal charges
Wrongful death claims are considered civil claims. Negligence that results in death is not always criminal negligence. In fact, it’s often not. The most famous example of this in the US is the OJ Simpson case. He was acquitted of criminal charge, but found guilty in a civil court. Under Tennessee Law, you can pursue a claim regardless of whether or not the individual is responsible in criminal court for the death of your loved one. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the family is entitled to compensation based on the life expectancy and occupation of the deceased.
What can lead to a wrongful death claim?
There are certain circumstances that, tragically, tend to lead to the wrongful death of our loved ones more often than others. At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our Nashville injury attorneys have worked with people who have lost families members because of:
- Auto accidents. A negligent driver – on who is reckless, who is drunk, who is speeding – may be named in a wrongful death claim if his or her actions behind the wheel caused the death of another person.
- Work-related accidents. Unfortunately, some jobs are dangerous by nature. However, when another employee or an employer is negligent, accidents are far more likely to occur.
- Defective products. Design and manufacturing defects can lead to the unintended death of consumers. Just because the death was unintended, however, does not mean that the company who created these defective products is not accountable for those results.
- Medical malpractice. From anesthesia errors to failure to warn to surgical mistakes, if your loved one dies because of the actions of a negligent or incompetent medical professional, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
When accidents or events like these result in death, families are left without a spouse, parent and provider. At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we make it our business to hold these negligent parties responsible for the loss of your loved one.
What are families compensated for in Tennessee?
Under Tennessee law, a wrongful death claim can be filed on behalf of:
- The spouse
- The children
- A personal representative named in a will
- Natural or adoptive parents
Wrongful death compensation is awarded to families in Tennessee for the purpose of raising children, providing a college education, as well as food, clothing and other necessities of life. A plaintiff – the person bringing the lawsuit – has up to a year to file a wrongful death claim in Tennessee, and possibly longer in other states. If this seems like a long time, remember that every case is different, and sometimes it is not obvious at first that your loved one’s death was the result of another person’s negligence, a defective product or an act of malpractice, for example.
At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm our wrongful death lawyers in Tennessee have helped grieving families through the process of filing a claim with compassion and dignity. We understand that you have a lot to think about, and that worrying about your future or your children’s future only adds to the stress. We fight on your behalf to recover the costs of medical bills, funeral expenses, your lost wages and the lost future income of the deceased. We will also pursue compensation for emotional pain and suffering as well as the loss of a companion and/or parent.
Call Rocky McElhaney Law Firm today
If you have lost someone you loved due to someone else’s negligence, call Rocky McElhaney Law Firm today at 615-246-5549. Our no-nonsense brand of tough legal representation can help you and your family navigate the rough waters ahead. We are a big city law firm with a small town heart and we truly care about bringing our clients the justice and financial compensation they deserve. The experienced and passionate Tennessee wrongful death attorneys at the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm have offices conveniently located in Nashville, Knoxville and Gallatin and also make home and hospital visits. Call today to discuss your options and to put our Gladiators in Suits in your corner. We fight for you!