When a person dies due to the negligent behavior of another person or entity the family (the decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children) of the victim can bring a lawsuit for wrongful death to recover monetary compensation for all the damages arising from the death of their loved one.
Wrongful Death Case Types
Wrongful death’s occur for a number of reasons, and include:
- Traffic Accident Fatalities
- Pedestrian Accident Fatalities
- Heavy Machinery Accident Fatalities
- Mass Transit Fatalities
- Death Caused by a Defective Product
- Death Caused by a Dangerous Drug
- Medical Malpractice
- Elder Abuse
- Physical Assault
- Unsafe Premises Liability
The damages that may be awarded in a wrongful death case are those for “pecuniary” losses. This includes not only such things as lost wages, financial support, loss of household services, and funeral and burial expenses, but also such things as the loss of the decedent’s personal services, advice, training, compensation for lost comfort, society, and affection, as well as damages for companionship, care, and protection. Damages for mental and emotional distress, including grief and sorrow, are not recoverable.
If a loved one has been killed due to the carelessness of another person, it is critical you speak with an attorney as soon as possible because the applicable statute of limitations is most likely running. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to obtain all the monetary compensation you are entitled to.