In Need of a Wrongful Death Lawyer?

At Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys, our Salt Lake City wrongful death attorneys know when somebody is killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, naturally, this is an extremely painful situation for the family, loved ones, and friends who are close to the person who passed.

In Utah, wrongful death is defined as a death caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another person or entity. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to provide a legal remedy for the surviving family members or heirs of the deceased, allowing them to seek compensation for their losses.

Fortunately, our skilled Midvale personal injury attorneys have been around for a combined 90 years, helping families work through wrongful death claims—including representing the family during one of the largest wrongful death settlements in the nation in 2013.

If you have lost a loved one to negligence in Utah, our attorneys at Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys will fully advise and educate each client on their rights and potential damages in a wrongful death claim.

We understand that when another person or party’s negligence changes your life, you need a team of personal injury attorneys in your corner. Our wrongful death attorneys in Salt Lake County operate as your team and want to deliver much-needed relief through our compassion, attention to detail, and tenacious advocacy.

Once you partner with our personal injury law firm, you can rest easy knowing your team has represented clients in more than 1,200 mediation/arbitration cases and over 85 jury trials with tremendous success. Let us use our over 90 years of combined experience to help you and your family confidently move forward and recover economic and non-economic damages.

Contact our Salt Lake City wrongful death attorneys today to learn more during a free consultation.

File a Wrongful Death Claim in Utah

Who Is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Utah?

Utah law allows a claim for wrongful death that occurs as a result of somebody else’s negligence. In addition to the wrongful death of an individual, there is also survival action. The damages in a wrongful death claim differ somewhat from those for somebody involved in a personal injury claim.

Utah law determines who the heirs are in a wrongful death claim.

For example, if a minor child who is under 18 is killed as a result of somebody else’s negligence, under Utah law, the heirs are the surviving parents.

In situations where no surviving heirs are under the statute, the Utah statute sets out who would be the next heir if the first designated heirs are not alive. If an adult person is killed as a result of somebody else’s negligence, the statute defines the heirs as a surviving spouse, surviving children, and the parents who are surviving. If none of those individuals have survived the death of an adult who was wrongfully killed, then the statute sets forth who stands in line next to be an heir.

The attorneys at Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys are trained to handle wrongful death claims, including those that occurred due to negligence involving:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents.
  • Medical Malpractice.
  • Defective Products.
  • Premises Liability.

Allow our skilled Midvale wrongful death lawyers to assist you during this challenging time so you understand your rights and how we can help pursue justice and financial support for you and your family. Understanding the statutory definition and legal requirements is essential for pursuing a successful claim. If you believe you have a wrongful death claim, consulting our highly experienced attorneys in Salt Lake City can help you navigate the legal process and seek appropriate compensation.

What Type of Compensation Can Eligible Family Members Pursue During a Utah Wrongful Death Claim?

Under Utah law, there are two broad categories of damages in a wrongful death situation.

The first is non-economic damages, and the second is economic damages.

  • Economic Damages: These include funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses incurred before death, loss of financial support, and loss of benefits.
  • Non-Economic Damages: These include compensation for the loss of love, companionship, care, and guidance, as well as emotional pain and suffering endured by the surviving family members.

Each one of those broad categories has complex parts. When we attempt to resolve a wrongful death claim at the proper time, we will focus on all the damages that pertain to your situation. Like any other case, it is essential to contact the attorneys at Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys immediately so we can do a quick and thorough investigation and begin focusing on the damages that apply to your claim.

The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in Utah is generally two years (one year if it involved a government entity) from the date of death. Fulfilling the claim within this timeframe is crucial to preserve the right to seek compensation. We can help.

Contact Our Trusted Wrongful Death Attorneys in Salt Lake City, Utah to Discuss Your Claim During a Free Consultation

Waddoups Law Personal Injury Attorneys has represented thousands of Utah clients, successfully obtaining settlements during negotiations and fighting for their rights and optimal outcomes in jury trials for more than 90 combined years.

If you have lost a loved one to negligence anywhere in Utah, contact our Salt Lake City wrongful death attorneys today to discuss your claim during a free consultation. We provide top-notch legal representation on a contingency basis and never recover any legal fees until we win your case. Even then, we promise our clients that their net settlement will be more than our legal fee recovery percentage because it is the right way to do business.