Suffering the loss of a loved one is unbelievably difficult and when the death was caused by someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, it can elevate the emotions and make the grieving process more difficult. Wrongful death constitutes any death that was caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person. This can be a death caused by a motor vehicle accident (drunk driving), dangerous or defective product, medical malpractice or nursing home negligence.
If your family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of someone’s negligent actions, you should seek the legal counsel of an experienced wrongful death attorney to find out what your legal options are and determine if you are eligible for compensation. The heirs of a family are able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and they may be able to receive compensation for:
- Expenses with the death, including medical bills and funeral bills
- Loss of benefits (including insurance)
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of inheritance from an untimely death
- Pain and suffering by the surviving family members
- Punitive damages