Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyer in Wilmington, DE

When a wrongful death occurs, the family is irrevocably changed, and every family member is impacted. At a time like this, it’s critical to have an attorney who is experienced with wrongful death cases to take charge of all that needs to be handled.

Wrongful death attorney Jimmy Chong thoroughly and genuinely looks after your needs, even anticipating needs you haven’t yet considered. Jimmy Chong and his team of attorneys will ensure that your interests are served, and your rights are protected while bringing those responsible to justice. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Did You Lose A Loved One Due to the Negligence of Someone Else? 

Negligence is the most common cause of wrongful deaths, followed by intentional acts such as homicides. If you’ve lost a loved one due to negligence, recklessness, negligent behavior, or intentional or criminal acts, you may have standing to file a wrongful death case and recover compensation for your loss.


What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

In Delaware, a “wrongful death claim” can refer to an insurance claim for wrongful death or a civil lawsuit. Keep in mind that if you have a wrongful death claim and those responsible for the death or their insurance company do not offer an acceptable settlement, you must sue them and litigate the matter in court.

In Delaware, those impacted by a wrongful death caused by a criminal act or during the commission of a crime must file a civil lawsuit to receive compensation for their loss, separate from a criminal prosecution.


How Our Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Assist You With Your Claim

The legal team at Chong Law Firm P.A. listens to your questions and concerns and provides thorough answers and ongoing updates, all the while working tenaciously on your behalf from the outset to conclusion, whether a settlement or a money judgment. 

Losing a loved one or coping with life after a catastrophic injury is not the time to wrangle with insurance adjusters or those who are seeking money for medical bills and other expenses that are mounting. The Wilmington wrongful death attorneys at the Chong Law Firm P.A. remove those pressures from you so that you can focus entirely on healing and move purposefully and more assuredly toward the next phase of your life. 


Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Wilmington

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought if someone dies due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional act. The most common causes of wrongful death in Wilmington include:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Defective products
  • Unsafe premises
  • Fire
  • Slip and fall, or trip hazard
  • Struck by a falling object
  • Crime such as assault or murder


Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Case

In a wrongful death case, those who relied on the person who died through a person’s negligence can get economic damages, which may include the costs of that person’s final medical care, funeral and burial expenses, any property damage from the accident, and loss of their economic contribution or support.

Those impacted by a wrongful death may also be entitled to noneconomic damages such as loss of consortium if a spouse and loss of guidance if a parent, as well as compensation for the mental anguish of losing a loved one. 

If the conduct of those responsible for your loved one’s death was especially reckless, the court may impose punitive damages to punish the actor and dissuade others from the same or similar conduct.


Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Delaware? 

In Delaware, wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by any of the following people:

  • the deceased person’s surviving spouse
  • a surviving parent of the deceased person
  • the deceased’s surviving children
  • the surviving siblings of the deceased person

If none of these parties are available, any blood relative of the deceased can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.


How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Delaware? 

The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Delaware is two years.


You Deserve an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney 

Wilmington wrongful death attorney Jimmy Chong provides the high degree of legal expertise and professionalism required to construct an effective case on your behalf and prevail in negotiating a fair settlement or, if need be, litigation. We have helped Philadelphia and Wilmington families cope with a wrongful death by assisting them to get the justice and compensation they deserve. The Chong Law Firm understands and anticipates how we can best help you in these very difficult times. To schedule a free case evaluation, call today.

The need for compassion in your wrongful death attorney is very real. The losses you have endured have already left you in a very vulnerable and fragile state. You can count on experience, tenaciousness, and compassion from the Wilmington wrongful death lawyers at the Chong Law Firm to help you seek justice.


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In addition to wrongful death cases, our attorneys can also help with the following:

When is a Severe Injury Legally a “Catastrophic Injury”?

A “catastrophic injury” involves severe trauma to the spine, the spinal cord, or the brain. Skull or spinal fractures may be involved, as well. According to the American Medical Association, and hence, the legal definition of “catastrophic injury,” there are three outcomes for this type of injury:

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