What to Expect in Case of Wrongful Death of a Loved One
Accidents happen every day. When you or your family is involved in an accident, you expect them to get hurt but nobody expect that wrongful death will occur. However, in cases of serious traffic accidents or grave personal injury accidents, fatal injuries are suffered by the victims and wrongful death more often than not occurs to the grief of the families of the victims.
In case your loved one dies as a result of the accident, you and your immediately family have the right to file wrongful death claims against the party at fault. Wrongful death claim is an action by the family members or heirs of the deceased who died as a result of traffic accident, premise accident or other personal injury accident caused by the negligence of another.
You may not be aware of it but thousands of accidents result in wrongful deaths each year and in these cases, the family members has the right to sue or file claim for damages against the party at fault. However, due to the high costs of the claims which could reach in the hundreds of thousands or even millions, you will definitely meet strong opposition from the party at fault, his insurance carrier and even his defense lawyer who will do everything to escape liability.
Therefore, after an accident, don’t attempt to negotiate your claims on your own because you will be victimized again by having your award denied outright. You need the best wrongful death attorneys who can help you weed through the technical and legal matters involved in every claim from statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death case, the elements needed to prove negligence or fault on the part of the other party and the type of damages that you can claim.
When claiming compensation against the party at fault for the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be entitled to some or all of the following compensation:
- Actual medical expenses of the deceased if hospitalized prior to succumbing to fatal injuries;
- Lost earnings, which will be computed to include the prospective life span of the deceased;
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Loss of support and consortium;
- Emotional and psychological pain and suffering; and
- Other non-economic losses.
Don’t be victimized twice by trying to negotiate your claims without the help of expert personal injury lawyers because you will just be throwing away your claims. It is hard enough that you lost a loved one and you and your family members are definitely not in a position to think straight while you are hurting and mourning for your loss. Let your trusted lawyer fight for your rights and protect you and your family’s claim while you concentrate on your family’s well-being.