Losing a loved one is always devastating, but when you know that their death was preventable, it only makes the situation worse. The fact that an individual or a company's negligence leads to the death of someone you care about is not acceptable, and there is a very good chance that you have the option of pursuing a wrongful death case. While a successful legal case can never bring back your loved one, it can help ensure that the negligent party is held accountable and that you get some form of compensation for your loss.
How We Can Help
Davis Levin Livingston has helped numerous clients pursue successful wrongful death claims in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii. We understand the emotional turmoil you are experiencing right now, and we want to do what we can to help. Let us guide you through the legal process and help you pursue legal action against those who are responsible for what happened.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Cases
In our work as wrongful death attorneys, we have seen a number of common causes for deadly accidents. Some of these include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace injuries
In many of these situations, there is a business or an individual that has at least some responsibility for the death of the victim. When this is the case, it makes sense to pursue legal action. You can get much-needed financial help from a successful case and you can help discourage further negligent behavior from the party that is at fault.
Damages You Can Recover in a Wrongful Death Case
When you pursue a wrongful death case, you are stating that the negligence of the responsible party caused significant hardship to you and your family. The state of Hawaii looks at both economic damages and non-economic damages in a wrongful death case.
- Economic damages included things like funeral expenses, medical expenses, loss of benefits—like retirement—and loss of your loved one’s future earnings.
- Non-economic damages may include things like pain and suffering, the mental anguish of the survivors, loss of companionship, loss of protection, and loss of advice from the victim. If you are the surviving spouse of the victim, you may be able to sue for loss of consortium.
In some cases, you may also be able to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the responsible party if their negligence or recklessness was extremely egregious, such as in the case of a drunk driver.
Which damages apply to your situation will vary depending on your circumstances. Talking with an experienced wrongful death attorney is the best way to know what applies to you and how to go about convincing the courts of the validity of your claims.
Proving Fault in a Wrongful Death Suit
To be successful in your pursuit of damages from the responsible party, you will need to prove fault. This is sometimes easier said than done, which is why a good attorney is so helpful in these situations.
Our firm has extensive experience in pursuing personal injury and wrongful death cases, so we know how to gather the appropriate evidence to prove fault. Using proven investigative techniques, witness testimony, and substantial legal experience, we will do everything possible to prove your case to the court.
We Understand the Challenges You Are Facing
Wrongful death cases are some of the most emotional legal cases we deal with. Families and spouses come to us after losing someone they care deeply about, who was then taken from them suddenly. They are often confused, angry, and understandably upset. The last thing they want to think about is legal issues or lawsuits.
It is our job as Hawaii wrongful death attorneys to provide a shoulder to lean on and legal guidance that removes some of the burden from our clients. When you hire our firm, we take over the details of your case so you have time to grieve and rebuild your life. We want to help you and will do everything we can to see that your case is successful.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, please contact Davis Levin Livingston in Honolulu now to discuss your situation. We offer a free initial consultation, so you can learn what your options are at no charge. Remember, we are here to help.