How can wrongful death compensation help?

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is an unimaginable pain. While it can be difficult to consider what your next steps should be in this time of grief, filing a wrongful death claim is an important one you must take.

 

What does it cover?

Filing a wrongful death claim allows you to seek compensation for any of the following damages the responsible party may have inflicted on you and your family:

  • Medical bills — Your loved one may have spent time in the hospital before passing. The cost of surgeries, medications, ambulance bills or other procedures can add up.
  • Funeral expenses — Especially when your loved one’s death was unexpected, you may not be financially prepared to afford a funeral, memorial or other service that your loved one deserves.
  • Lost wages — If your loved one’s income was the main source of income for your family, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll pay the bills without stable financial support.
  • Pain and suffering — Sometimes, you may be able to claim pain and suffering on behalf of your loved one. Wrongful death compensation may cover any unwarranted pain your loved one experienced between the time of injury and death.
  • Emotional distress — Losing a loved one in any circumstance is difficult. But if another party’s recklessness or misconduct is at fault, it can be even more traumatizing for close family members, especially if you had an emotional bond with your loved one.

Who can receive benefits?

Most often, the personal representative named in the deceased person’s estate plan can file a claim on behalf of the surviving family members. Generally, children, dependent siblings and parents who lost minor children can receive wrongful death benefits.

Don’t hesitate to protect your family

Losing someone you love is never an easy process. While it can be a challenge to grapple with the loss of your loved one while attending to legal matters, it is a crucial step in seeking peace and stability in the aftermath of a tragedy.

During this time, it can be extremely beneficial to have a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney at your side. They can guide you through the process and help you understand what you are entitled to. And while filing a wrongful death claim cannot bring your loved one back, it can help ensure a secure future for your family so you can focus on cherishing and honoring your loved one’s memory.

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