There is probably no tougher experience in life than the sudden, unexpected death of a family member. To compound the tragedy even further, many times the death is caused by the wrongdoing of someone else. Drunk drivers, unsafe products, and medical mistakes are just a few examples of the types of wrongful conduct which can result in the death of a loved one.
In these situations, the last thing on the family’s mind may be holding the wrongdoer legally accountable for the death. Usually, it takes weeks, months, and possibly years before the grief alleviates to the extent that holding the wrongdoer accountable legally becomes relevant to the family. Unfortunately, this works in favor of the wrongdoer. Many times, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and memories grow dim with respect to what actually happened.