Losing a loved one is already one of the most tragic experiences a person can go through. But to lose someone to the carelessness of another is unimaginable…a wrongful death accident…what does a family do with that type of loss? The short answer is that the surviving family members or representative of the deceased’s estate can bring a wrongful death action lawsuit against the other party and seek money damages.
Losing a loved one in a wrongful death accident
We recently handled a wrongful death case of a woman who tragically lost her husband on Valentine’s Day 2020. She lost her life partner…the father to her children. What’s more devastating is that the accident was due to the negligence of a semi-truck driver when he crossed the double yellow line while driving under the influence. She and their kids were also in the vehicle, and although they all suffered injury, their lives were spared.
Our client, this woman who suffered so much loss, was able to bring this lawsuit to us because it was the fault and negligence of the semi-truck driver that caused the death of her husband and the injuries to herself and her children. The events that took place that day forever changed the path of this young family. But rather than having to worry about the future of her family, we were able to help our client with her financial and legal burdens.
Who can file a wrongful death action?
Typically the surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children can bring a wrongful death action on behalf of the deceased. When the deceased does not have a spouse, domestic partner, or children to file a wrongful death action there are others that may qualify to bring an action. That is when it’s best to contact an attorney to discuss who qualifies to bring an action to see if you fit under one of the allowed.
What are wrongful death examples?
If there aren’t sure what classifies as a wrongful death, here are some of the most common wrongful death lawsuits:
- Car Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Accidents at Work
- Defective Products
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
If you have a situation that you are unsure of, personal injury attorneys can assist you. You can book a free consultation with our law firm to give us the details of your case.
What can you recover in a wrongful death action?
In a wrongful death lawsuit the party bringing the action can request money damages for their recovery. The monetary damages may include expenses related to the medical bills for the deceased, funeral or burial expenses, an amount of money the deceased reasonably would have earned if they were still alive, loss of financial support, or loss of companionship.
If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death action, and you need the assistance of an attorney to help you navigate your next legal steps, please set up a free consultation with us. We want to fight for you and your family.