Wrongful Death

A wrongful death refers to a death caused by another person, company or product’s criminal or negligent act.  Firm founder Grant Lawson’s passion for helping those who lost a loved one due the fault of others led him in 2007 to write the seminal Wyoming Law Review Comment: Reconciling the Wyoming Wrongful Death Act with the Wyoming Probate Code: The Legislature’s Wakeup Call for Clarification. The article was written to persuade the Wyoming Legislature to clarify the laws in Wyoming on pursuing wrongful death actions to better help and allow those who’ve suffered a loss to seek justice.  There are few things in this life that can be more trying and heartbreaking then the unexpected and tragic loss of a loved one.  Especially when it occurs needlessly or at the hands of someone’s carelessness, a company’s greed, or an easily preventable error. 

There are countless types of deaths that may be considered wrongful deaths.  Deaths occurring on the roadway as a result of another driver’s error, or sometime can occur as the result of defective or dangerous equipment such as defective tires, airbags, seatbelts or computer equipment.  Sometime the devices we expect to save our lives can be the very ones that kill us.  An example of this are the defective Takata Air Bags that still exist in thousands of vehicles today that can possibly kill or severely injure. From bad and unsafe decisions made on the job by employees or supervisors; to defective products which possess a hidden danger; to failures to properly practice medicine; there are numerous ways a person’s life can be wrongfully taken and many times it requires consulting with experts to determine whether someone should be held accountable.  If you question whether your loved one was killed as the result of another’s fault, please contact us to help you review the situation and provide guidance. 

The wrongful death of a loved one can cause financial ruin on top of emotional devastation.  Having a trusted and experienced wrongful death attorney can help to eliminate the overwhelming feeling of helplessness. At Lawson Law, we do everything we can to help put our clients at ease with the complicated legal process of seeking justice in a wrongful death action. 

In a wrongful death suit, the spouse, children, siblings, and parents of the deceased may recover monetary compensation for their economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include the victim’s earning capacity for a projected lifespan, services performed by the victim that must now be performed by someone else, and any gifts that the victim would likely have given to the survivor had the decedent been alive. Recoverable non-economic damages include the loss of the victim’s care, comfort and companionship, which includes advice and moral support, love, and sexual relations between married spouses. Each State has specific laws and requirements for how a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought.  For example, in Wyoming, there is a two-year Statute of Limitations from the date of the death to bring the legal action.  After the Statute of Limitations period has lapsed, you may be prevented from seeking justice.  It is wise to contact an attorney immediately to ensure that you don’t face an unexpected deadline for bringing a lawsuit. 

Here at Lawson Law, we fight for those who’ve wrongfully lost a loved one.  It’s our passion to help and to fight for those who suffered a great loss and we take the responsibility serious. If you’ve suffered a loss, call us to discuss whether we can help you in fighting to make it right.