All of us eventually face death but it should be from natural causes and not another human. Tennessee law allows for others to bring a claim for a loved one’s wrongful death when their life is ended too early due to another’s negligence.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Garrety, we understand the grief and pain that a wrongful death can inflict on a family. A natural death often causes feelings of sadness, lonliness, and loss. A wrongful death, however, can also bring feelings of anger and resentment toward the person or company who caused the death. Clients also fear that if something is not done, what happened to their loved one could happen to others.
It is true that no amount of money will replace a loved one, but seeking fair compensation for their death is one way to ensure that whomever caused their death takes what happened seriously. There is a saying, “conduct rewarded is conduct repeated.” Too often, however, big companies only fire an employee who negligently kills someone. They do not address the root cause of the dangerous conduct.
Failing to hold a company or a person accountable for their actions rewards that conduct. It provides no incentive to reflect on how things could be done safer.
Think about a trucking company that pushes its drivers to drive too many hours. Consider a construction contractor that fails to enforce safety policies. These companies provide situations ripe for more unnecessary deaths. We work to stop companies from returning to “business as usual”. We force them to confront the root cause of what lead to the death of our client’s loved one. When faced with proof of their unsafe behavior, companies sometimes will change their policies or procedures due to our actions.
If you would like more information on your rights under Tennessee’s wrongful death laws, please contact us today.