When a loved one dies in an accident that could have been prevented if another party had taken a greater level of care, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for your damages and the damages to your loved one’s estate. Never let anybody tell you it is not worth pursuing this compensation – the financial losses related to a death can be substantial, and you should not have to shoulder this burden alone.
Not all death-related damages are immediately apparent. Even if you are employed full time, losing a spouse’s income can make it difficult for you to keep up on household expenses. Through a wrongful death claim, you can seek compensation for the loss of his or her immediate earnings as well as your loved one’s projected future compensation, including employment benefits.
Certain damages are payable to the victim’s estate, such as the cost of his or her funeral. Without this compensation, you could have to pay for a funeral on your own, which can be expensive. There are also the damages you, the spouse or other close loved one to the victim, can suffer. These include the loss of the victim’s companionship and your need for psychological counseling or medication to work through the grief.
If you have minor children with the victim, you will need to file the wrongful death claim to seek compensation for they damages they suffered because as minors, they cannot do this themselves.
When a child loses a parent in an accident, he or she loses more than the financial security the parent’s income provided. He or she loses the parent’s guidance, love, and an eventual inheritance from the parent.
In short, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim if you are the spouse or adult child of the victim. If you are the parent of a minor who died in an accident, you also have this right. Do not let comments from others or a fear that your claim will be too expensive or unsuccessful keep you from exercising this right. Alongside your tangible compensation for your damages, you can receive the closure you need through a wrongful death claim. This is priceless.
Filing a wrongful death claim cannot bring your loved one back. You know that. But you might not know all ways you can benefit from a wrongful death claim. Contact our team of experienced wrongful death lawyers at Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC to schedule your free consultation with us, during which we can discuss your case in greater detail with you so help you better understand your rights and options.
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