Compassionate Wrongful Death Attorneys in Salt Lake City, Utah

At Swenson & Shelley Law, our Salt Lake City wrongful death lawyers know grief is a natural response to loss. Still, when that loss results from negligence, it can be compounded by anger and resentment towards those responsible. This complex mix of emotions can make navigating the grieving process more complicated and pursuing compensation for their loss increasingly challenging. This is why we are here.

Our compassionate Salt Lake County wrongful death attorneys will take the lead in pursuing the liable party who caused your loved one’s death so you and your family can take the time you need to grieve while we handle the critical details of your claim.

It is important to note that state law specifies the individuals who can file a wrongful death claim in Utah. According to Utah Code § 78B-3-106, the surviving spouse of the deceased person is the priority for filing a wrongful death claim. The deceased person’s adult children may bring a claim if there is no surviving spouse. The deceased person’s parents may file a claim if there is no surviving spouse or adult children.

If the eligible parties do not file a claim within 60 days of the death, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may bring a wrongful death action.

Our Salt Lake City wrongful death attorneys are knowledgeable, compassionate, and adept at helping families throughout Utah pursue justice on their loved one’s behalf. Every fatal accident is unique and requires customized legal solutions to pursue actual results. No matter how it occurred, you do not have to fight your emotional battle alone. We can help.

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Wrongful Death Law in Salt Lake City

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

It’s essential for surviving family members to work with experienced wrongful death attorneys in Salt Lake City who can assess the specific circumstances of your case, determine the types of compensation available, and advocate for your rights to fair and just compensation. We can help.

Eligible family members may pursue various types of compensation to address the financial, emotional, and practical consequences of their loss.

The specific types of compensation available in a wrongful death claim can vary depending on the circumstances of the case, but they commonly include:

  • Funeral and Burial Expenses

The costs associated with the deceased person’s funeral arrangements, including funeral services, burial or cremation, cemetery plots, and related expenses, may be recoverable in a wrongful death claim.

  • Medical Expenses

If the deceased person incurred medical expenses related to the injury that led to their death, these expenses may be recoverable in the wrongful death claim.

  • Loss of Financial Support

Surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for losing the deceased person’s financial support, including income, benefits, and other forms of financial assistance that the deceased would have provided if they had survived.

  • Loss of Consortium

Spouses and certain other family members may be entitled to compensation for losing the deceased person’s companionship, affection, guidance, and support. This type of compensation, known as loss of consortium or loss of companionship, aims to address the emotional and relational impact of the loss on surviving family members.

  • Pain and Suffering

In cases where the deceased person experienced pain and suffering before their death, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for the physical and emotional distress endured by the deceased.

Talking with our trusted Salt Lake City wrongful death attorneys will allow you and your family to understand your legal rights and options so you can make informed decisions about how you seek justice for your family member. We are available today to discuss your claim during a free consultation so you can take the time you need to grieve with your family. Call us now to learn more.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Utah?

Utah’s statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is governed by Utah Code § 78B-2-304 and is subject to certain restrictions and exceptions.

Generally, it is two years from the date of death. This means that surviving family members or other eligible parties must file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the date of the deceased person’s death. If the claim is not filed within this time frame, it may be barred by the statute of limitations, and the right to seek compensation for the wrongful death may be forfeited.

The statute of limitations may be paused or extended in certain circumstances, including if the plaintiff is a minor, incapacitated, or mentally incompetent at the time of the death or if the defendant leaves the state or attempts to conceal their identity to avoid being served with legal papers.

If the wrongful death claim involves a government entity or employee, additional notice requirements and deadlines may apply, and the statute of limitations may be shorter than two years.

The sooner you can speak with our skilled wrongful death attorneys in Salt Lake City about the circumstances of your loss, the quicker we can begin preserving critical evidence to support your claim and start pursuing justice for your family.

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Call us today at (801)-447-5464 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation where you can learn immediately whether your claim is eligible to move forward with legal action.

We do not charge any fees upfront for our services. Instead, you pay us only if we secure payment for you. That makes getting legal help accessible and allows you to focus on your recovery. Contact us now to learn more.