The death of a family member is difficult to bear, and that difficulty is compounded when the death is the fault of another person or company.. Taking legal action may not be a priority if you have just lost a loved one, but it is important for survivors of the decedent to consider retaining a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. In addition to the significant emotional trauma of having a loved one pass away, families may also face financial difficulties without the support of the deceased. The compensation provided by a wrongful death lawsuit can help ease this financial burden. Fatalities caused by a drunk driver, a poorly built structure, medical failures, or dangerous/defective products should be discussed with an attorney determine if any legal pursuit is justified.