May 2014 - Kamerow Law
What is Considered a Wrongful Death?

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What is Considered a Wrongful Death?

By law, a wrongful death is when an individual dies due to the carelessness or negligence of another individual, group of individuals, corporation, etc., or by any one person or group of people given the lawful authority to make decisions or resolutions separate from an owner.

Some of the common causes for a “wrongful death” include:

  • Car/truck accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Medical malpractice
  • Dental malpractice
  • Dangerous drugs/prescriptions
  • Airline accidents
  • Cruise ship accidents

Our wrongful death attorneys at Kamerow Law have won large settlements in wrongful death compensation lawsuits for our clients.

In determining the amount of compensation our clients should rightfully be given, the following factors are considered:

  • Medical bills incurred for the deceased
  • Pain and suffering the deceased incurred while still alive
  • Loss of future income by the deceased
  • Loss of companionship
  • Emotional distress
  • Funeral expenses

In most cases, recovering damages for the loss of a loved one is limited to the immediate family such as the spouse, and surviving children of the deceased.  In addition, surviving parents of dependent and adult children may also qualify for wrongful death compensation.

In most states, there are laws requiring wrongful death lawsuits to be filed within a two-year timeframe after the death of a loved one.  It is critical to meet with an attorney as quickly as possible if you believe the loss of your loved one was caused by carelessness or negligence by an entity or another individual.

Contact Kamerow Law today for a free consultation with our wrongful death attorneys to discuss your legal options.

Estate Planning Help from a Valued Attorney

Estate planning can be a daunting task, and one that many people delay doing far too long, simply because most of us do not want to even consider our mortality until we are forced to do so.  However, once our clients have forged ahead and organized their lives, without fail, they tell us how much peace of mind they have been given by resolving these nagging issues.  Documenting how they wish to have their assets divided and to whom they are to be disbursed, how they wish to live or die when or if they no longer have the mental or physical capacity to decide, how they want their funeral arrangements carried out, and to whom they will entrust the charge of caring out their desires provides them with a new-found sense of security.

The following list includes some common, helpful questions when it comes to estate planning:

  • To whom should I give the right to make decisions for me if or when I am no longer mentally or physically capable of doing so?
  • What do assets consist of?
  • How do I go about the process of having my assets evaluated?
  • What is a Trust and how does a Trust affect my lifestyle before I die?
  • Is it recommended that I place more valuable assets, such as real estate, large sums of money, or expensive jewelry in a Trust?
  • Do I need to designate guardians for my minor children should I die while they are still dependent upon me?
  • Is it necessary to appoint someone to have “Power of Attorney,” now, or can that wait until or if it becomes necessary?
  • Should I document how I want my funeral or final arrangements to be carried out?

Kamerow Law has a team of highly respected estate planning attorneys available to discuss and explain the laws surrounding estate planning including, Wills, Living Wills, Trusts, etc.  Contact Kamerow Law today for an estate planning consultation.

Bicycle Accident Attorney Representation

Automobile and truck drivers often appear to be of the mindset that they always have the right-of-way on roadways, and bicyclists simply need to stay out of their way. However, there are “rules [laws]” surrounding each, but more importantly simply using some common sense guidelines would save many motorists and bicyclists from causing or receiving injuries from bicycle accidents.

Common causes of bicycle accidents and how you can avoid them:

  • Some cities have designed their roadways with specifically marked lanes for bicyclists, but the general rule of thumb is to leave a minimum of three feet between an automobile and a bicycle (also the same when vehicles are passing each other).  This space requirement should also be considered when a motorist is passing a bicyclist where there is oncoming traffic.
  • Motorists making right turns should always be cognizant of bicyclists traveling straight ahead, and should never turn right ahead of a bicyclist, but wait for them to travel through the intersection, or pass the turn.
  • When exiting a vehicle, motorists should always check to make sure a bicyclist is not advancing in their direction to avoid opening the door into the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
  • Motorists and bicyclists should always be aware of road hazards such as debris or grates that would cause either to veer in the wrong direction and cause an accident.
  • Motorists honking their horns at bicyclists can startle them and cause them to veer into the wrong lane.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact a bicycle attorney at Kamerow Law today for a free consultation to discuss your rights and your legal options for receiving fair and just compensation.