If you have lost a loved one, your life becomes overturned with grief. Your life may also be overturned with worry: worry about how you are going to pay bills or take care of the house, car, and children without the aid of your loved one. Your grief may be worse knowing that someone caused your loved one’s death through carelessness or in the name of profit. A wrongful death lawsuit allows you to get compensation for your loss, which can pay bills and free you up to focus on the emotional process of recovery. It also makes those responsible pay for what they have done.
A wrongful death lawyer can help you pursue compensation after the loss of a loved one. Please contact AccidentAttorneys.org to learn about your options.
Accidental Death and Wrongful Death
Wrongful death refers to a death that was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person or persons. You may think of your loved one’s death as an accident, but often accidents are due to the choices made by others. Cases in which your loved one’s death may have been avoidable include:
When considering a wrongful death lawsuit, think of the people who caused the accident, and think of what actions they took (or didn’t take) that lead to your loved one’s death. If you are having trouble distinguishing between which actions played minor roles in the accident and those that played major roles, talking to a lawyer can be very helpful.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by the executor of the state. It is actually filed on behalf of the deceased, not the surviving relatives. It cannot be filed by the spouse or child, unless that person is also the executor.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The damages available in a wrongful death lawsuit vary from state to state. In general, you may be able to get compensation for:
Loss of potential wages
Loss of assistance with daily or household tasks, including child care and cleaning
Loss of companionship, advice, and emotional support
Diminished inheritance due to medical bills
Grieving and other emotional pain due to loss
Talking to a lawyer will tell you whether your state recognizes all these as valid damages.
Since none of these types of damages can be calculated objectively, your lawyer will make a big difference in the damages requested and those you can receive. That means you must choose your wrongful death lawyer with care.
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