Utah Wrongful Death Cases Lawyer
The pain, confusion, and trauma that come after a loved one is taken from us can be overwhelming–especially if their death was caused by another’s carelessness or negligence. While nothing can compensate for the loss of a loved one, our Utah wrongful death lawyers can help you hold those responsible accountable for their actions and get the financial compensation you need to begin rebuilding your life.
(Reporter) Holloway was hit in a crosswalk near 85th West and 27th South on February 8th while she was walking to school.
(Father) You hear the word life flight and automatically assume the worst, and it was. It was absolutely the worst.
(Reporter) Holloway had been in a coma since February.
Unified police departments say there could possibly be charges
(Father) Unfortunately, the medical bills are over a million dollars.
So we arrived at the hospital.
(Mother) They put us in a room at the ER and told us to wait as she was being assessed.
(Father) The doctor comes in and she goes over to prepare us for what we are going to see. I don’t care what you say, nothing can prepare you to see this, to walk in there and see your child with wires and tubes. There was no place to touch her and we just sat there and looked at her. It is the most helpless feeling you could ever imagine.
(Reporter) A 15-year-old girl who was hit by a car back in February died this morning. An attorney for Macala Holloway’s family says the teen had been fighting to survive a traumatic brain injury, but after 4 months she passed away.
(Father) I did a lot of extensive researching, different lawyers and i came across Christensen Law Firm. One of the things that really stood out was the book, “The 7 Biggest Mistakes” and I looked at that and thought that was interesting. I started going through it and we decided at that point that maybe we should contact the firm. We were greeted at the door and escorted into the conference room. Russ and Ken were there within moments, feeling for what was going on and general concern for her well-being. That’s when I noticed both of them were teary-eyed.
(Mother) The nice thing I thought was, “I can trust these guys. I can trust them”
(Father) It felt like we were in good hands and good capable hands. Nobody could have handled this as good as they did.
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Accidents are confusing and painful enough. Add on top of that the loss of someone we love, and that accident can suddenly become devastating and life-altering. Several questions begin crowding our minds: Where can I go for help? How can I move on with my life? Who should be held responsible? Because of this, we have created these resources to help you find the answers you need for your wrongful death case.
Don’t rush. You’ve just experienced a significant loss. The intense grief following a loved one’s death can be disabling, making it difficult for you to navigate the ins and outs of an insurance claim. Although claimants may feel rushed to begin the processing of a wrongful death claim before the 2-year statute of limitations expires, it is important to get a scope of your situation, avoid mistakes, and take some time for healing. After giving you and your family some time to grieve, you may want to consider contacting your insurance company and looking into attorney options. Be sure to find an attorney you feel comfortable with, one who takes time to understand you and your situation, one who communicates regularly, and one who is willing to give your case the personal attention it deserves. To learn about these steps in greater detail, click the link above.
Utah legally defines wrongful death as a death caused by the “wrongful act or neglect of another” (78B-3-106). The legal heirs of the deceased person may receive compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of anticipated earnings, pain and suffering of the surviving family members, loss of companionship, loss of medical benefits, loss of pension benefits, or punitive damages. Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the death or one year if you are filing against the government. To learn more about Utah laws concerning wrongful death claims, click the link above.
Most are not familiar with wrongful death claims. Because of this, we have provided quick answers to many of the most common questions regarding wrongful death cases. Who is held responsible for a wrongful death? Will my case become public? How is compensation calculated? Click the link above for answers to these and other important wrongful death questions.
To all families of those who have died in a wrongful death case, we sincerely wish you peace and healing during this difficult time. We want to help in any way we can. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of local resources, to help you and your family find the support you need during this time. On this page, you will find information that helps you:
- Learn about wrongful death laws
- Find the proper forms to file
- Plan a funeral
- Obtain a death certificate
- Find free grief support groups
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