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Kimmel Carter: Wrongful Death Cases


The death of a loved one can be deeply painful for the surviving family, no matter the circumstances. When that death is caused by someone else’s fault or negligence, the pain and suffering are compounded. At the personal injury law firm of Kimmel Carter, we provide a compassionate approach to helping Delaware residents in cases involving wrongful death. We work diligently to protect the rights and dignity of the lost loved one while helping those left behind to regain control of their lives.

How Wrongful Death Works in Delaware

Under Delaware law, a wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury lawsuit brought against “a person whose wrongful act causes the death of another.” Examples might include drunk driving accidents, plane crashes, medical malpractice, a faulty car part or other faulty product, etc. A wrongful death action is intended to compensate the decedent’s loved ones for their losses as result of the death. The damages available in a Delaware wrongful death action include loss of financial benefits, loss of contributions for support, loss of services the decedent would have provided, reasonable funeral expenses and mental anguish.

Delaware law is specific about who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, giving priority first to the surviving spouse, parents, siblings or children, and then to others related by blood or marriage who would benefit from the settlement, including any heirs. Obviously, no amount of money can replace a loved one, but a wrongful death settlement typically helps the surviving family fill the financial gap left in that loved one’s absence.

A Personal Approach

At Kimmel Carter, we have handled many wrongful death cases, and we are acutely aware of the pain these families are going through. For that reason, our entire approach centers around providing individualized support and direct access throughout the process. We respond to every message within 24 hours, and we provide direct phone numbers to our clients. They can even text us if they wish. Even more importantly, we bring our many years of experience to every wrongful death case, combining skillful negotiation with aggressive litigation, when necessary, to make sure the bereaved loved ones receive the full compensation they deserve.

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to the fault or negligence of another, know that there are people in your corner who can help you receive the proper compensation for your loss. To learn more about the personal injury services available at Kimmel Carter, visit http://www.kimmelcarter.com/, or call or text us at 302-565-6100.

Main Office

56 W. Main Street, 4th Floor
Newark, DE 19702
P: (302) 565-6100 | F: (302) 565-6101
Satellite Office
1105 N. Market Street, Suite 204
Wilmington, DE 19801

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