What is a wrongful death claim?

| Jun 8, 2020 | Firm News

Various personal injury legal protections protect victims of car accidents and other types of accidents from the damages they suffer. One type of legal protection for surviving family members following a fatal accident is a wrongful death claim for damages that can help loved ones with the financial and emotional damages they suffer in the wake of the unexpected loss of a loved one.

When a negligent driver has caused an unexpected fatal car accident, surviving family members may be left facing financial challenges at a time when they are understandably suffering emotionally. The negligent driver may be responsible to help them with their damages. A wrongful death claim can help surviving family members hold the negligent driver accountable and get help with their unexpected financial and emotional damages.

A wrongful death claim is commonly brought on behalf of the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of family members. Damages available through a wrongful death claim for damages vary based on the characteristics of the victim, and the circumstances they suffered, but can include damages for medical and funeral expenses; lost earnings and lost prospect of inheritance; loss of support and services; and damages for mental anguish and pain and suffering.

A wrongful death claim can be an important protection for family members who find themselves facing, and coping with, the loss of the loved one. As a result, loved ones should understand how a wrongful death claim for damages can help them during a challenging time following the loss.