Wrongful death can be painful and costly | Bart Durham Injury Law

Wrongful death can be painful and costly

One of life's hardest moments is when someone you love passes away. Expected or not, the grieving that follows takes a toll on everyone involved.

When a loved one's death was at the fault of someone else, the grieving can be tougher to work through.

If someone's carelessness resulted in a death, filing a lawsuit is an option to consider. While some may argue that winning a settlement does little to console the family, it can help with any extra costs that may have occurred because of the death, such as paying for the funeral or medical bills. A settlement can even help with the lost wages that occurred prior to the loved one's passing.

If the death was caused by a serious case of negligence, a judge may have the defendant pay punitive damages, which is a larger amount of money to further punish the person for their wrongdoing.

For the victim, it is their spouse, children, or parents that receive this award. Who receives the money is decided by the family situation, case by case. It is also these same relatives that can file the lawsuit, and in the state of Tennessee, so can the executor and administrator of the estate.

While the period following the death of a loved one can be extremely hard, this is the crucial time to begin legal action. Tennessee's law states that you have up to one year from the date of the person's death to file a lawsuit in the correct court.

The above information may help you in your situation, but it is not legal advice.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Bart Durham Injury Law

You Deserve To Be Paid For What You've Gone Through

Our attorneys have more than 75 years of experience helping people like you.

Results For Our Clients

  • $3 Million Settlement - Passenger Hit By A Drunk Driver
  • $1 Million Judgment - Passenger Hit By A Drunk Driver
  • $1,450,000 Settlement - Passenger Hit By A Truck
More Client Results


  • "All of the staff members at Bart Durham Injury Law are very friendly and great to work with. They have open lines of communication with their clients, and respond in a timely manner. I trust them with my legal matters, and would advise anyone else in need of a lawyer to contact them first." - Julia Batson
  • "Bart Durham has a great team of people who are quick to respond and quick to help. The first time I met with them, they were kind and welcoming, and really listened to what I had to say. After my accident, I wasn't sure what to do, or how to get started. They took me through the process step by step, and got me the help I needed to continue on with my life. This is a friendly team with a dedication to helping people, and I'm so thankful for them!!" - Kara Davidson
More Testimonials