In this article, I will discuss whether people should bring wrongful death cases against the person responsible.
I recently read an article in which the author said “People should not sue because it was an accident. The person didn’t intentionally kill this person”.
Some people have this opinion, and others believe that wrongful death cases are only about money. I have settled or tried dozens of wrongful death cases; therefore, I know the reasons that families bring claims against the people responsible for the death of a family member.
First of all, oftentimes the people who kill other people are remorseful, but sometimes they are not remorseful. If a person is killed in an accident through the actions of another person, should the person responsible be held accountable? The first reason that families bring wrongful death cases, in my experience, is that they want to make the person responsible accountable for his or her actions. If no one makes this person accountable for his or her actions, what is this person’s motivation to change?
Secondly, families want to improve safety in their communities or to ensure that the responsible person does not kill another human being. By holding the person responsible for his or her actions, this person learns the results of his or her actions and understands the enormity of the families’ loss. This helps the families in their grieving process, but it also helps the negligent person to understand the effects of their negligence.
Lastly, families use a claim to help in the healing process as it illustrates the life of the person killed and shows society the loss brought about by the actions of a careless person.
If your family or someone you know is in this situation, I would be happy to discuss this with you or with them. Best wishes.