At some point in time people in Hawaii will lose loved ones in their life. No one lives forever. The hope is that the loved one will live a long, full life and pass away peacefully in their sleep and many people do end up dying in that manner. However, many other people die much younger and unexpectedly. This could be because of a disease or illness or because of a fatal accident. Anytime this occurs it is very difficult on the family, but it can be particularly difficult when they know the accident could have been avoided.
If the accident was caused by the negligence of another, the accident should have never happened. Therefore, the person who caused the accident may be required to compensate the victim’s family for what they did. This compensation can be extremely valuable because the deceased could have provided a significant portion of the income for the family in addition to love and support that is extremely difficult to replace. The compensation can pay for any lost future income, medical bills, funeral costs, loss of companionship and other damages.
Obviously the victim of the accident is not able to initiate the wrongful death lawsuit that may be necessary to receive the proper compensation though. So, a number of individuals are allowed to initiate it. These people include the victim’s legal representative, who would recover the compensation on behalf of the beneficiaries of the deceased, or the beneficiaries themselves could initiate the lawsuit. Beneficiaries include spouses, children, parents and other family members.
Unfortunately there are many fatal accidents in Hawaii each year and many people lose loved ones far sooner than they should have to. These families may suffer not only emotionally, but also financially. That is why compensation can be so valuable even though it will never bring the loved one back. Experienced attorneys understand the difficulties that surround fatal accidents and may be able to guide one through the process.