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Nashville Wrongful Death Attorney

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If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, we’re here to help. With unmatched experience and an empathetic approach, we’ll work with you to get you the compensation you deserve.


Should You Hire A Tennessee Wrongful Death Attorney?

If you suspect you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to seek the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney. If you want to file a claim and pursue justice for your loved one, having DevonLaw on your side can help you get the closure you need after something like this happens to you and your family. DevonLaw will:

  • Investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
  • Gather evidence to support your case.
  • Build a strong case on your behalf.

Damages that are potentially recoverable in a wrongful death suit can include both economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses related to the deceased person’s final injury or illness, funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support and future earnings the deceased person would have provided, loss of companionship or emotional support, and pain and suffering experienced by the deceased person before their death. 

What Are The Benefits of Hiring A Tennessee Wrongful Death Attorney?

DevonLaw has the experience and knowledge needed to take on your wrongful death case. Lead Attorney Devon Williamson is well-versed in negotiating and litigating, ensuring that your rights are protected and that you get a settlement that works for you. She can also assess the long-term impact of this loss on your family’s future and make sure that the compensation reflects that damage.

Tennessee Wrongful Death FAQs

Who has the right to file a wrongful death claim?

The following parties have the right to file a wrongful death claim:

  • Surviving Spouse: The surviving spouse usually has the highest priority to bring a wrongful death claim. However, this may be denied if the spouse is legally incompetent, the parties were in divorce proceedings, or if the surviving spouse willingly gives up this right.
  • Children of the Decedent: If there is no surviving spouse, the children of the deceased can pursue the claim. If they are minors, a guardian will be appointed by the court to represent them.
  • Parents of the Decedent: If the deceased was a minor or unmarried with no children, the parents have the right to bring a wrongful death case. In cases of divorced parents with a minor child, the primary custodial parent can file the case.
  • Executor or Executrix: If the deceased had a will naming an executor or executrix, they can bring the wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate.
  • Administrator or Administratrix: If there was no will, anyone can request to be appointed as the administrator or administratrix of the estate and file the suit on behalf of the estate. The court will select the most qualified individual if multiple applications are submitted.

The person with the right to bring the lawsuit selects the attorney, but this does not necessarily determine who receives damages from any settlement or judgment. The distribution of damages can vary.

What is the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim in Tennessee?

According to Tennessee law, you need to initiate a lawsuit within one year from the date of the initial injury that ultimately led to the person's death. For example, if your loved one got injured in a car accident on September 1, 2022, and later passed away on September 21, 2022 due to those injuries, you would generally have until September 1, 2023 to file a lawsuit. It's crucial to note that the triggering factor for this time limit is typically the date of the accident, not the date of death. Although the law allows for a one-year window to file a claim, it's strongly advised not to wait that long before reaching out to an attorney. Delaying contact with a lawyer can result in fading memories of key witnesses and the potential loss of valuable evidence as time passes after the accident. It is strongly recommended to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the injury occurs.

Contact DevonLaw Today 

If you suspect that you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, DevonLaw can help. Lead attorney Devon can evaluate your claim and get you the compensation and closure you need. Contact Devon today to schedule a consultation. 

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