Morgan County Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one to another person’s careless mistake is a devastating personal tragedy. As you mourn your loss, you may wish to consider bringing a wrongful death action against the person who caused your loved one’s death. The children, parents, and spouses of wrongful death victims may be entitled to compensation for funeral bills, medical bills, and other losses resulting from the accident. Morgan County wrongful death attorney Darwin Overson represents surviving spouses and family members, and can help you explore your family’s legal options.
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Darwin Overson has more than 33 years of experience handling wrongful death claims in Morgan, Croydon, Mountain Green, Porterville, Peterson, and other communities located in and around Morgan County. Darwin has repeatedly obtained favorable outcomes for clients who were facing powerful adversaries and challenging odds, because he is dedicated to scrutinizing the details and building comprehensive, nuanced legal strategies.
Darwin will treat your case with the utmost compassion and respect for your loss. His goal is to help you get the sense of justice and closure you need to begin moving forward with your life, while also fighting to recover maximum compensation on your behalf.
To set up a free and completely confidential legal consultation with Darwin, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143. It is never too late at night or too early in the morning for you to call. If you are unable to travel, Darwin will come to your location.
Wrongful Death Lawyers Handling Accident Claims in Morgan County, Utah
Utah defines wrongful death as an accidental death “caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another” under Utah Code § 78B-3-106(1). Fatal injury lawyer Darwin Overson handles many types of wrongful death claims and lawsuits in Morgan County, Utah, including:
- Automotive Accidents — Car accidents claim thousands of lives each year in Utah, particularly around the holiday season when greater numbers of intoxicated drivers are on the roads. Darwin handles car accident claims, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, intersection accidents, subway accidents, and pedestrian accidents.
- Medical Malpractice — When a doctor makes a preventable mistake that other doctors would have avoided, and the patient is killed as a result, it is described as medical malpractice or doctor negligence. All types of healthcare professionals can be liable for malpractice, including nurses, dentists, surgeons, and various specialists.
- Product Liability — Product liability is the field of personal injury law that deals with malfunctioning and defective consumer products. The manufacturer, designer, and other parties may be liable depending on the nature of the defect. Numerous products can have lethal defects, including appliances, toys, furniture, power tools, electric cords, medications, bicycles, safety gear, food products, cars, and auto accessories.
- Slip and Fall Accidents — Slip and fall accidents, which are also called slip, trip and fall accidents, usually occur because a negligent property owner does not maintain his or her property, leading to the development of lethal property hazards like dim lighting, broken stairs, or unrepaired leaks. Accidental falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- Swimming Pool Accidents — The CDC reports that about 10 people are killed in drowning accidents every day. These tragic incidents increase during the summer, when children go to public pools or water parks to cool down. Safety issues like defective pool drains, inaccurate depth markers, and negligent lifeguards are often to blame for drowning deaths.
With decades of experience as a personal injury lawyer in Utah, Darwin has extensive knowledge of how and why preventable injuries occur. Darwin has consulted with numerous medical experts and knows how to effectively demonstrate the causes and complications of fatal injuries in court. Darwin handles claims involving:
- Bleeding (Hemorrhaging)
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Broken Neck Injuries (Cervical Fracture)
- Chemical and Electrical Burns
- Head Injuries
- Heart Failure
- Respiratory Failure
- Skull Fracture Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Third Degree Burns
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Compensation for Surviving Spouses and Family Members
The greatest losses you suffer after the death of a loved one are emotional. But the financial losses resulting from a spouse or family member’s death can also have devastating effects. Compensation can help to alleviate the financial strain while providing resources for your family’s future.
The children, parents, and spouses of wrongful death victims may recover compensation for expenses and losses including:
- Burial Expenses
- Funeral Expenses
- Medical Bills
- Loss of Income
- Loss of Benefits
- Pain and Suffering
Compensation for mental anguish and physical pain is called “non-economic damages” or “general damages.” Compensation for strictly financial losses, such as hospital bills, is called “economic damages” or “special damages.” Both are considered compensatory damages because they compensate the survivors. In contrast, courts sometimes also order punitive damages to punish the defendant for extreme recklessness or intentional misconduct.
Until recently, Utah limited non-economic damages for wrongful death involving medical malpractice to $450,000. However, the Utah Supreme Court found this limit unconstitutional in 2015. Economic damages for medical bills and other expenses are not limited. When punitive damages are awarded, a portion is allocated to a state fund.
Morgan County wrongful death lawyer Darwin Overson has extensive experience handling these matters. He will guide, support, and counsel you throughout every stage of the process so that you can make informed, confident decisions about the future of your family. To go over your claim with Darwin in a free, completely confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 895-3143.