The loss of a loved one is a life-altering event. It is made even worse if the surviving family members feel that the death could have been prevented. Not only is the family dealing with the emotional grief of such a loss but, if the deceased was a parent or provider, they may also be faced with a real and immediate financial crisis. During this time of crisis, the last thing the survivors may be thinking about is hiring a lawyer. However, it is crucial to get an experienced Honollu attorney on the case, investigating the facts immediately, before key evidence is lost.
If a family member has died due to the negligent or intentional acts of others, you need an attorney who has experience in wrongful death cases. Mr. Jacobs understands the complex laws that apply to these cases in Hawaii, and he can help you maximize your chances of winning the compensation you deserve.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?
Not everyone can file a wrongful death claim, and all states have particular laws on who is permitted to file on behalf of the deceased.
In most states, a claim can be filed by a designated beneficiary, which includes:
- Adopted children
- Parents of unmarried children
If the deceased has no living immediate family members, designated beneficiaries can also include distant family members like siblings and grandparents, domestic or life partners, and anyone who was financially dependent on the deceased. In some cases, a personal representative of the deceased’s estate may also file a wrongful death claim.
Typical Accidents that Result in Wrongful Death
Wrongful death cases can arise directly from accidents that were caused by negligence, or as a result of an intentional action.
Accidents that have been known to cause fatalities and produce wrongful death lawsuits include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
- Recreational and tourist accidents
- Premises liability, which includes slip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
We understand that your family needs time and space to grieve, which is why our attorney puts in the work needed to achieve optimal results in your case. The sooner we prove liability in your wrongful death case, the sooner you and your family can heal and move on with your lives.
In order to hold guilty parties liable and receive compensation, you must show that the party accused owed the victim a duty of care, the party breached that duty, the breach of duty was a direct cause of the deceased’s death, and the death caused damages that the deceased’s family is trying to recover.
Proving liability can be complicated, and requires the skill and resources of a personal injury law firm like ours. With our trusted counsel, we can help your family recover damages and ease your financial burdens.
We’ve been able to help clients recover:
- The deceased person’s pain and suffering
- Medical treatment costs
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of the deceased’s expected income
- Loss of any inheritance as result of death
- Loss of love and companionship
You want a lawyer who understands the specifics of your situation. With more than
19 years of legal experience, Attorney Jon S. Jacobs can be trusted to apply his
knowledge and resources to your case and strive for optimal results.
Proven Record of Success
19+ Years of Legal Experience
Trustworthy & Trial-Ready Representation
Former Deputy Prosecutor & Insurance Defense Attorney