When a family loses a sole breadwinner due to the negligence of someone else, they may be entitled to compensation for their loss. After consulting an attorney and filing a wrongful death lawsuit, if the family needs financial support to pay funeral and burial expenses and household expenses, as well as cover lost wages while the case is pending they should consider lawsuit funding.
The family of a young man crushed to death in September while working at a loading dock at a Goleta, CA dairy has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The 21-year-old was working in the warehouse when he was pinned against the loading dock by an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The lawsuit alleges that the dairy and transportation company hired the driver despite knowledge that he was “an individual with a history of alcohol and drug abuse, and a history of operating automobiles and heavy machinery while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.” The suit also alleges that the driver was not qualified or trained to drive the company truck, which he recklessly backed up while intoxicated.
Although the accident is still being investigated by the Cal/OSHA, the plaintiff’s attorney said two video cameras caught the accident on tape, clearly showing that the driver did not check to see that all workers were accounted for before backing up. The family is seeking monetary and punitive damages in excess of $25,000 for loss of economic earnings, reimbursement of hospital bills and funeral and burial expenses, as well as emotional distress. The victim leaves behind his mother, four-year-old son, and his long-time partner, who is the child’s mother. His mother and son depended on him for emotional support and income.
Wrongful death lawsuits in this kind of situation seek to compensate the family but also punish the business for negligence. Companies will usually try to settle quickly for far less than full case value. Plaintiffs with cash flow problems may be tempted to accept that first, insulting low offer. However, with lawsuit funding, they can level the playing field and wait for a larger settlement.
Lawsuit funding is a non-recourse cash advance against the future proceeds of a claim. The plaintiff only repays the advance once the case successfully settles. If the plaintiff loses, s/he keeps the funding advance; repayment is completely waived. When applying for lawsuit funding, there is no application fee, credit check, or employment verification; qualifying is based solely on the merits of the case. To learn more or apply, visit us online or call our office toll-free at 1-877-377-7848.