When tragedy strikes and a loved one loses his or her life, families struggle to cope with their losses. But when those losses were due to negligence or careless disregard for the safety of others, it’s understandable to get angry and want to seek justice.

Thankfully, we do not live in a vigilante society. But that doesn’t mean that you must turn the other cheek and give the at-fault party a pass for taking the life of your loved one.

The civil court system was designed to give those who were wronged a clear path to seek justice. That’s what we strive to provide for our clients who file wrongful death litigation after the heartbreaking loss of their loved ones.

Sometimes these lawsuits are filed in addition to criminal charges related to the fatal accident that the at-fault party is already facing. However, it’s important to understand that these are two entirely separate matters. Civil cases can go forward whether criminal charges are filed and even if the defendant winds up acquitted.

It’s often a great deal easier to prevail in a wrongful death case than it is for prosecutors to secure convictions. That’s because the standard of proof for wrongful death actions is not as stringent as it is for criminal convictions.

Winning a wrongful death case can give families some much-needed financial relief after one of their own has been killed. The awards can include the payment of medical bills and funeral costs, as well as additional funds for the loss of the earning power of the deceased, among other possible recovery options.