At Downard and Associates, we understand that the unexpected loss of a loved one can be devastating. We offer compassionate support and representation to families who have endured this tragic event. Our Nashville wrongful death attorneys will personally meet with the family to learn as much as we can about the family member and the events that occurred.
If you have lost a loved one and need assistance with a wrongful death claim, our professional staff of wrongful death attorneys is here to help you during what can be a very stressful time. Don’t risk battling insurance companies alone, that could end up in a smaller monetary award compared to the settlement you might actually deserve.
We represent wrongful death cases which may have been caused by the following:
Accidents or intentional acts
Auto and truck accidents
Who Can Collect Wrongful Death Damages?
Spouses, children and parents of wrongful death victims may be eligible to collect damages for funeral and medical expenses as well as economic damages, loss of companionship and pain and suffering.
In many cases, there may be a long process of wrongful death litigation. Downard and Associates maintains a close relationship with our clients and will represent you throughout the process. We offer a FREE consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not collect any fees until we recover damages for you.
Call for your FREE consultation, 615-255-4307.
Questions & Answers
Q: If I am calling you about a Wrongful Death Case in Nashville, after learning more about my case, how would you explain the next step of the process, and what would be your general description of the typical process? (Don’t worry about rehashing some of the same info, as above but dive in a little deeper about the difference with this specific incident vs. general personal injury above.)
A: We would handle these cases with great sensitivity towards the surviving loved ones of the deceased. In a wrongful death case, we would identify who the rightful party is to bring the cause of action. This is statutorily provided for and gives select persons the right to bring the lawsuit. T.C.A. §20-5-107 provides who may institute the action (personal representative
of the deceased, surviving spouse or if no surviving spouse by the children or next of
kin). A parent is not permitted to recover an action until all child support arrearage
together with interest have been paid to the parent in order to receive the support.
T.C.A. §20-5-110 provides that the surviving spouse may settle the case and it
shall be binding upon the children. The circumstances surrounding the death are critical in determining not only liability but the damages aspect since the pain and suffering element will have been reduced in instances involving instantaneous death. Wrongful death cases are complex and each step of the process must be explained to the client, who may have tremendous emotional issues surrounding the events and the case. Therefore, we show great diligence in maintaining an open line of communication and trust in these type cases so that it becomes easier to translate the grieved survivor’s loss, which is irreplaceable, to some quantifiable, monetary value.