A family's worst nightmare is the loss of a family member following an accident. When this occurs there are resourcesavailable to your family and loved ones. These benefits include funeral expenses, grief counseling, compensation for loss offinancial support and for the loss of guidance, care and companionship of the family member.
When a loved one is killed as a result of another's negligence, often surviving family members may have mixed feelings aboutmaking a monetary claim for the death. Certainly no amount of money can replace the departed loved one. However, amonetary award is the only way our system of law can recognize the value of the deceased's life and compensate for thedeath.
Damages for wrongful death can include both economic damages (projected lifetime income) and the loss of care, guidanceand companionship.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death claims are intended to provide monetary damages to a deceased person’s beneficiaries anddependents when the victim’s death was caused by another party’s negligent, careless, or reckless actions.Wrongful death lawsuits may arise from a variety of circumstances, including:
Business Related Accidents
Common Carrier Accidents
Nursing Home Abuse
Truck and Trailer Accidents
In order to litigate a wrongful death case, the following must be present:
- The death of a person;
- The death was caused by the negligence of another party;
- Surviving family members are suffering as a result of the death; and
- The appointment of a personal represtative of the decedent's estate.
Who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Dependents and immediate family members (including parents, spouses, and children) are usually eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Minors may need an adult guardian to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under some circumstances other family members may also be permitted to file suit.
To find out if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, contact our law firm and schedule a consultation. We can help you understand the relevant laws and get the compensation to which you are entitled.
Wrongful Death Damages
After a wrongful death, insurance companies often push for immediate settlement. The family of a victim should contact our attorneys to properly assess the ramifications of their loss. If wrongful death can be proven, the bereaved may be able to achieve compensation for:
Medical and Funeral costs
Lost Wages, including Future earnings
Pain and Suffering
Loss of Support or Companionship
Contact our law firm if a loved one has been killed due to the recklessness, negligence, inaction, or malpractice of another party. We will assist you with your wrongful death lawsuit and make sure liable parties are held responsible.
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