The unexpected loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating events anyone faces. When a loved one has been wrongfully lost because of another party's negligence, it can be even more difficult to deal with. In addition to the emotional strain many families may face following the unexpected loss of a loved one, surviving family members may also suffer financial strain left by the loss.
Surviving family members who have lost a loved one under wrongful circumstances may be able to recover damages for their emotional and financial suffering through a wrongful death claim for damages. Family members may be able to recover compensation for: medical and funeral expenses; loss of support and services; lost prospect of inheritance; and pain and suffering damages. Damages that may be available depend on the characteristics of the victim and the unique circumstances of the loss, but certain damages may generally be available to help surviving family members during a difficult time.
Fatal accidents can occur in a number of contexts, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and in a variety of other types of unfortunate circumstances. It is important when any of these circumstances arise for surviving family members to be familiar with the resources available to help protect them and offer them support through a challenging time.
Facing life following the unexpected loss of a loved one is a challenge that cannot be overstated and should not be underestimated. Because of that, the legal process provides resources to assist families during what is oftentimes an overwhelming time.