Unfortunately, serious accidents can lead to the death or loss of a loved one. The loss of a loved one can be made worse when it is caused by a careless or negligent party. Loved ones can be unexpectedly lost in fatal car accidents; fatal accidents caused by dangerous or defective products; fatal medical malpractice incidents; nursing home negligence fatalities; or fatal workplace accidents. When a loved one is wrongfully lost or killed, the responsible party may be liable to surviving family members of the victim to compensate them for the harm they have suffered.
The unexpected loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. Families may suffer financial and emotional harm and damages following a fatal accident that has claimed the life of a loved one. Because of the dramatic impact a fatal accident can have on the lives of surviving family members, legal options, rights and resources exist to help families via a wrongful death claim.
Depending on the circumstances, and characteristics of the victim, family members may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost prospect of inheritance, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages, as well as other types of damages depending on the situation. It is important to keep in mind that timelines that must be honored exist related to filing a wrongful death or other type of personal injury claim. Additional rights and benefits, such as workers’ compensation or Social Security benefits, may also be implicated following the sudden loss of a loved one.
The legal process acknowledges the devastating impact the unexpected loss of a loved one can have on a family by providing options to help. Wrongful death claims, and other legal options, help ensure families are properly compensated and cared for following the wrongful death of a loved one.