Wrongful death is an important type of legal protection for surviving family members of victims wrongfully killed by a negligent party such as a negligent driver. A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one’s estate for the benefit of surviving family members.
Wrongful death legal protections can include compensation for medical and funeral expenses; compensation for the loss of support and services; compensation for the loss of companionship; and compensation for the lost prospect of inheritance, among other types of damages as well depending on the situation and circumstances. Wrongful death damages are unique to the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances but can generally help with financial and emotional damages
There are a variety of damages surviving family members may be left suffering in the wake of an unexpected fatal accident that claimed the life of their loved one. Their entire lives may have changed in an instant and the toll those unexpected changes can take may be tremendous, all while family members are coping with the loss of their loved one. Wrongful death legal protections can help in circumstances of fatal car or truck accidents; nursing home deaths; defective products-related deaths; and other circumstances as well.
A wrongful death claim for damages provides accountability for the negligent party, such as a negligent driver, and damages to help surviving families get through a time which is undoubtedly devastating for them. As a result, surviving family members of victims of fatal accidents who have been wrongfully killed should be familiar with the legal options protecting them.