Wrongful death resources are important for family members of loved ones who have been wrongfully killed by the negligence of another party. A wrongful death claim for damages is a claim brought on behalf of the lost loved one’s estate for the benefit of surviving family members. Different types of wrongful death damages may be available depending on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim to help families following an unexpected loss.
Both financial and emotional damages may be available to surviving family members through a wrongful death claim for damages. Damages can include compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance and loss of companionship. Each state has a wrongful death statute that defines wrongful death and elements of the claim must be met. In general, for a wrongful death claim to be successful, there must be the loss of the loved one that resulted from another party’s negligence and that the surviving family members suffered harm as a result.
Wrongful death claims can be brought in a variety of circumstances including when the death resulted from an occupational illness or injury and in many other circumstances. When a death has been wrongfully caused, it is important for surviving family members to note that they may have a claim for damages against the party responsible for the harm suffered.
A claim for wrongful death damages can be an important step to ensure that surviving family members of victims of a fatal accident or other situation are properly protected. The legal process provides options and remedies to help protect family members following the unthinkable loss of a loved one which they should be familiar with.
Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Wrongful Death Overview,” Accessed March 27, 2018