One of the most difficult experiences anyone can face is the loss of loved one. When that loss is also unexpected and wrongful, because of the negligent actions of another party, it can be especially difficult to deal with which is why legal protections are in place to help surviving family members with their damages following the wrongful loss of a loved one.
A variety of different types of compensation for the financial and emotional damages and losses suffered by surviving family members may be available through a wrongful death claim for damages which is an important legal resource for them to consider. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought by the estate of the lost loved for the benefit of surviving family members who may be left facing emotional and financial challenges they were unprepared to face. Spouses, children, beneficiaries and dependents of the lost loved one may be able to bring a claim for damages.
Damages available through a wrongful death claim depend on the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances but can include compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, the lifetime loss of earnings, the lost loved one’s pain and suffering prior to death and the damages surviving family members may suffered related to the loss such as those for loss of companionship, quality of life and loss of support and services.
There are also important timelines associated with a wrongful death claim for damages surviving family members need to ensure they are familiar with. Trained guidance can help surviving family members through each phase of the process of bringing a wrongful death claim for damages followed the loss of a loved one.