The death of a loved one is always tragic. This pain is multiplied when the death of a loved one was caused by someone else’s intentional or careless act. Often, family members are left not only with the grief, but also a large financial burden. A wrongful death claim allows family members to seek compensation for their loss and hold the person who caused the death accountable.
Who Can Bring A Wrongful Death Claim?
Generally, the following people may bring a wrongful death claim against the person who caused the death:
- A surviving Husband or wife
- A surviving Child or Children
- Parents of the deceased
- Adoptive parents of the deceased
- Legal Guardian of the deceased
- Legal Representative of the deceased
What Damages Can You Recover?
The claims and damages that you can recover will depend on your relationship with the deceased person. Common claims include:
- Loss of income
- Loss of Pension
- Loss of Insurance
- Loss of Benefits
- Medical Expenses
- Funeral Expenses
- Burial Expenses
- Lost rights to an inheritance
- Loss of Parental Guidance
- Loss of Presence
- Loss of Nurturing care
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Love
- Loss of Companionship and Society
- Other damages based on case details
Do You Have To File A Lawsuit?
You do not have to file a lawsuit in every case. Often, claims for a wrongful death can be settled before a lawsuit is filed. With the help of Select Law, you can be sure that unless a fair settlement is offered, we are prepared to file a lawsuit to make sure you are compensated for all of your damages.