A wrongful death claim is an important legal protection for family members left facing the unexpected loss of a loved one following a fatal accident. A wrongful death claim for damages holds those responsible for the wrongful loss of a loved one accountable and can help surviving family members with their financial and emotional damages in the wake of their loss.
What is a wrongful death claim for damages?
A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought by certain family members including spouses, children and parents of the victim. A wrongful death claim can be brought if the victim is killed in a car accident, truck accident or because of a dangerous property condition, defective product or medical malpractice. In any circumstance when a loved one has been killed because of the negligence of another party, a wrongful death claim may be able to help surviving family members.
How can a wrongful death claim help families?
In general, wrongful death damages can help surviving family members with their emotional and financial damages that result from their devastating loss. Though damages are specific to the characteristics of the victim and circumstances, damages can include lost earning capacity and lost prospect of inheritance; loss of support and services; loss of companionship; funeral and medical expenses; and some other damages as well.
A wrongful death claim for damages can help struggling families as they suffer through a difficult time. For that reason, families who have suffered the wrongful loss of their loved one should be familiar with the legal protections and remedies available to them.