A death suffered by a loved one can be devastating. If the death was caused by a negligent or reckless action of another person, that devastation is even worse. The legal term for this is “wrongful death.” If you are the surviving spouse, parent, or child of the deceased loved one, you may be entitled to be financially compensated for your loss of love and companionship caused by their death. Dependents of the deceased may also be entitled to be compensated for lost income. Additionally, survivors may be entitled to compensation for medical, funeral, and other expenses to the loved one’s estate. Of course no amount of money can adequately compensate you for the loss of a loved one, but getting substantial money damages for this is better than not getting anything.
Recounting painful memories or uncomfortable family issues can be very painful. However, this is necessary in order to prosecute a successful wrongful death matter or case. Wrongful death claims are almost always hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, and insurance companies don’t hand out that kind of money without being sued and going through the legal process. This means that reaching a settlement without suing, which is common in smaller personal injury cases like auto accidents, is not at all likely in wrongful death matters.
If your spouse, child, or parent died because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact a personal injury attorney today.