After losing a loved one due to the negligence, mistake, or reckless indifference of another party, survivors are left to not only deal with their grief, but also address the legal ramifications of what happened. In many cases, substantial expenses and losses can accrue relating to the death. It is important for the family members of the deceased to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney who can provide guidance in this difficult time. We are here to help you navigate a wrongful death claim with sympathy and sensitivity for the traumatic experience you are going through.
Potentially Responsible Parties in a Wrongful Death Claim
Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, there are many parties who may potentially be liable in a wrongful death claim. The following is an overview:
- The other driver in a car accident
- The employer of the other driver in a car accident
- The designer or builder of a faulty roadway where the car accident occurred
- A government agent who failed to provide adequate warnings about hazardous road conditions that led to an accident
- The manufacturer, distributor, or installer of a faulty or dangerous vehicle
- The person who sold, served, or gave alcohol to an impaired driver
- The owner of the premises where alcohol was sold prior to a drunk driving accident
Proving that a party is responsible for a wrongful death is not always easy. That’s why our attorneys work with an extensive network of subject matter experts such as accident investigators, accident reconstructionists, engineers, medical experts, and economists in order to fully prove your claim.
Types of Damages Awarded for a Wrongful Death
After a wrongful death, the surviving family of the victim may be entitled to compensation for the following types of losses:
- Medical and funeral expenses
- Loss of the loved one’s expected earnings
- Loss of benefits, including pension plans and medical coverage
- Loss of an inheritance
- The value of goods and services the loved one would have provided
- Mental anguish, pain, and suffering
- Loss of the care, protection, guidance, advice, training, and nurturing of the deceased
- Loss of love, society, and companionship
- Loss of consortium from a deceased spouse
In some cases, punitive damages may be available as well. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant for his or her bad conduct.
Important Questions Facing Survivors Contemplating a Wrongful Death Claim
If you are reading this information you likely have many questions about what to expect from filing a claim:
- “Who is the proper party to bring the wrongful death action?”
- “What types of damages can be recovered?”
- “How are the recovered damages divided among the parties filing the wrongful death action?”
We are here to help you obtain answers to your questions and protect your legal rights in the process. We have helped many clients obtain a successful outcome to their wrongful death claims. We encourage you to review our case results to learn more. When you are ready to explore your options further, contact us for a consultation at (888) 348-2616.