Murfreesboro Wrongful Death Attorneys Help Families Get Justice
Providing Tennessee clients with professional representation after fatal accidents
When a loved one is killed in an accident, your family changes suddenly. Feelings of loss and helplessness are compounded by financial strain. You may wonder who will pay hospital bills or funeral costs in the short term, and how you will be able to support your family going forward. Tennessee’s wrongful death laws deal with these issues so that grieving families can get justice and financial relief. At McCarter, Catron & East, PLLC, our attorneys assist surviving spouses and other family members bringing wrongful death claims in the Murfreesboro area. Our firm has experience dealing with cases involving loss of life. We treat each family with the attention and care that they deserve in their time of need.
Filing a Tennessee wrongful death action
Tennessee law places limits on which family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. The right to bring the suit belongs to the deceased person’s (decedent’s) surviving spouse. If the decedent was not married or their spouse predeceased them, the right to bring a claim moves to the decedent’s children or next of kin. The right then passes to the representative of the decedent’s estate, then to the decedent’s parents if he or she was dependent on them at the time of death. These rules can be complicated. Our experienced Murfreesboro accident attorneys help family members understand their rights.
Recovering damages after a wrongful death lawsuit
The right to bring a lawsuit is not the same as the right to recover. Family members who are not able to bring a wrongful death suit may still recover compensation when a suit is brought by someone else. Tennessee law distributes the judgement or settlement compensation based on the decedent’s will. If the decedent did not leave a will, money will be distributed through intestate succession. This mean the money is typically divided evenly amongst the surviving spouse and each surviving child. The wrongful death attorneys at our firm can help you understand your rights to recovery.
Damages are available to compensate the estate and family for a variety of harms, including:
- The cost of burial and funeral expenses
- The family’s suffering
- The victim’s suffering during the time between injury and death
- Lost wages for the time between injury and death
- Lost wages that the decedent would have likely earned had they lived
- Loss of love and companionship
Not all types of damages are available to all family members. Your attorney will help you understand what to expect when you bring a Tennessee wrongful death action.
Time limitations on Murfreesboro fatal accident lawsuits
Due to Tennessee’s statute of limitations, families have only one year to bring a lawsuit after the death of a loved one, so it is important to act quickly and seek out a qualified personal injury attorney like the ones at our firm. Missing a deadline can result in losing your rights to recover compensation.
Contact us for dedicated legal assistance after the loss of a loved one
After your family experiences a tragedy, it is essential that you contact a skilled attorney immediately. At McCarter, Catron & East, PLLC in Murfreesboro, TN, we are committed to getting families justice. We urge you to speak to our trusted lawyers by contacting us online or calling us at 615-278-9016 and scheduling a free consultation.