Wrongful death legal resources are critical for surviving family members coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one. When a loved one has been unexpectedly killed in a car or other accident because of the negligence of another party, the negligent party may be liable to compensate the victim’s family for the harm they have suffered.
Wrongful death legal protections are available to help surviving family members with the damages they have suffered and get them the help they need. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the lost loved one’s estate for the benefit of the surviving family members. Compensation for the financial and emotional damages surviving family members have suffered may be available.
Compensation for damages that may be available include the lost earnings of the lost loved one that would have been expected during their lifetime; medical bills and funeral expenses; loss of consortium; loss of support and services; and loss of contribution to the household. Surviving family members face a variety of financial and emotional challenges a wrongful death claim may be able to help them with. When another party has been careless or reckless, it is important that they are held accountable and that surviving family members receive the assistance they need.
When a loved one has been wrongfully killed, it is important for surviving family members to understand their legal options and the protections available to them. Because the process can be complex, and potentially involve insurance companies and settlement process, trained guidance can be valuable to help take families through the process.