Wrongful death legal protections can apply in a variety of circumstances which is why it is important for family members who have wrongfully lost a loved one, such as in a car accident or due to medical malpractice, to understand the legal remedies protecting them. A wrongful death claim for damages can help surviving family members with the emotional and financial challenges they are oftentimes unexpectedly facing after losing their loved one.
A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the protection and benefit of surviving family members. Damages recovered in a wrongful death claim will go to the surviving family members to help them with funeral and medical expenses, their daily needs and the emotional trauma associated with a wrongful death. When a negligent party has wrongfully caused the death of the victim, they may be liable to compensate surviving family members which is important for surviving family members to know.
Wrongful death legal protections can apply in a variety of different situations if a loved one has been wrongfully lost due to a negligent driver or a negligent medical care provider, for instance, or in the situation of a traumatic fatal accident. Family members may be able to recover compensation for funeral and medical expenses; loss of support and services; lost prospect of inheritance; and other damages as well. Wrongful death damages are based on the characteristics and circumstances of the victim who was lost so may be different in each case but certain damages may generally be available to surviving family members.
It is important for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one to know that they are protected and understand how the legal process can help them through a difficult time. Knowing how to access those legal resources may be able to make some bit of difference with the unexpected challenges family members face after losing their loved one.