Box Elder County Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one to a preventable accident is a tragic event. While no legal action can undo the devastation, your family has a right to seek justice and accountability for what occurred. You may be able to recover compensation for your loved one’s funeral bills, medical expenses, and other financial hardships caused by your loss. You can turn to the law offices of Overson Law, PLLC to provide legal guidance and emotional support.
Schedule a Free Legal Consultation with Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Utah
There are many important legal questions that must be addressed after the wrongful death of a son, daughter, wife, husband, mother, or father. The company or person who caused your loved one’s accident could be liable for compensating you and your family members. But you shouldn’t have to deal with these complex, difficult matters on your own when you’re already going through so much. Let Box Elder County wrongful death lawyer Darwin Overson help lighten your burden while pursuing the maximum compensation on your family’s behalf.
Darwin Overson has over 33 years of experience representing the parents, children, and spouses of wrongful death victims in Utah. He handles cases throughout Box Elder County and the surrounding area, including Brigham City, Honeyville, Garland, Tremonton, Perry, Willard, and Elwood.
You and your family are going through a tough time, but you don’t have to do it without support. Don’t hesitate to call Darwin any time of day or night, including weekends, at (801) 895-3143 for a free, completely confidential legal consultation.
Brigham City, Utah Wrongful Death Lawyer Handling Accident Claims
An accidental death is considered to be a wrongful death when it is caused by a business or individual’s reckless or negligent actions. Recklessness is a disregard for major, unjustifiable risks. Negligence is failure to take the normal precautions to avoid a preventable accident. Surviving spouses, children, and parents must prove that the fatal accident was caused by these factors in order to receive compensation.
If your loved one was killed because of another party’s carelessness, you should speak to a Brigham City wrongful death attorney about your family’s legal rights. Attorney Darwin Overson has experience handling a range of claims and lawsuits involving fatal injuries and accidents, including:
- Auto Accidents — Automotive accidents claim thousands of lives in Utah every year. Darwin has extensive experience working with car accidents, bus accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. He has handled rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, multi-vehicle accidents, and other types of crashes.
- Medical Malpractice — Medical malpractice describes negligent, inappropriate medical care leading to the preventable death of the patient. Failures to diagnose cancer, misdiagnosis of diseases, anesthesia errors, surgical errors, and failures to properly use or sterilize equipment are all examples of doctor negligence.
- Product Liability — Product liability refers to liability for defective products that harm consumers. Product liability claims can involve toys, clothing, furniture, hair products, skin products, makeup, medication, cars, car parts, foods, beverages, and other consumer goods.
- Slip and Fall Accidents — Premises liability refers to liability for preventable accidents that occur because of property hazards. Slip and fall accidents are a common example. Slip and fall accidents often occur because of negligent property maintenance, which can lead to leaks, dim lighting, broken floorboards, and other dangers.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) — The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include car accidents, acts of violence, accidental falls, and being struck by falling objects. TBI is responsible for about 50,000 deaths every year in the United States.
How Much Compensation is Available for Surviving Family and Spouses?
Compensation for wrongful death in Utah is divided into a few categories called “damages.” There are economic (special) damages, which compensate financial losses like burial and surgery expenses, and non-economic (general) damages, which attempt to compensate pain and suffering, loss of relationships, and other non-financial hardships. In some instances, the court may also award punitive damages, which are meant to punish a defendant who engaged in intentional, fraudulent, or extreme misconduct.
Some states impose financial limits called “damages caps” on the amount of compensation a survivor can receive. Utah previously capped non-economic damages in medical malpractice wrongful death cases at $450,000, but this cap was ruled unconstitutional by the Utah Supreme Court in 2015. Economic damages are not subject to caps. A portion of punitive damages, when awarded, are paid toward a state fund under Utah Code § 78B-8-201(3).
Don’t worry about remembering all of this information right now. Focus on taking care of yourself, and let our attorneys handle all of the legal work. Darwin’s goal is to help you understand your legal rights, hold the negligent party accountable for their actions, and obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible for your losses. To set up a free legal consultation with Darwin, call the law offices of Overson Law, PLLC at (801) 895-3143.