Compassionate & Steadfast Legal Representation
There are few things in life as painful as the sudden loss of a loved one, especially if their death was largely preventable in nature. When a person loses their life due to the careless or negligent actions of another, the decedent’s family may pursue legal action against those responsible in pursuit of compensation. Since these cases can be incredibly sensitive in nature, it is important that families of deceased loved ones retain knowledgeable legal assistance to ensure their rights are protected.
At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, our Knoxville wrongful death attorney has fought to protect injured clients and their families for more than a decade. With attention to detail and an unshakable dedication to preserving the rights of our clients, we can provide the support your family needs in your pursuit of justice.
If you have lost a loved one under preventable circumstances, call today to discuss your legal options with one of our firm’s skilled professionals.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Tennessee?
Under Tennessee Code Annotated section 20-5-106, a “wrongful death” is described as a death caused by “injuries received from another” or by “the wrongful act, omission, or killing by another.” Wrongful death claims in Tennessee are treated like special personal injury claims in which the injured person is no longer able to bring the claim themselves, thereby granting the person’s family the right to file the claim on their behalf. Only certain family members are given the ability to file a wrongful death claim.
The surviving spouse is given the first right to file a wrongful death claim. If there is no surviving spouse, the claim can be brought by the following parties, in order:
- The decedent’s children or next of kin
- The personal representative of the deceased’s estate
- The surviving parents, if the deceased was dependent on the parents at the time of death
- The administrator of the deceased’s estate, if the deceased was a dependent at the time of death
Depending on the situation, plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit may be able to recover a wide range of damages, including funeral and burial expenses, lost earning capacity of the deceased, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress of the deceased, final medical costs, and physical and mental suffering of the family. It is important that plaintiffs act quickly to file a claim, however, as wrongful death cases are subject to a one-year statute of limitations. Our team of personal injury attorneys can review the facts surrounding your loved one’s death and help you pursue the most appropriate course of action.
Let Us Stand Up for Your Family’s Rights
No family should have to endure the devastating loss of a loved one on their own. At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, our Knoxville wrongful death lawyer can handle the legal complications on your behalf so your family can grieve in peace. From filing the necessary paperwork to appearing in court on your behalf, we are prepared to ensure no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of compensation for your family’s suffering. Whether you lost a loved one in a car accident, truck accident, or bicycle accident, we're here for you.
Contact our office online today to find out if you have a claim.