A Quick Guide to Wrongful Death Claims
Some accidents are unavoidable, but many can be directly traced to another party’s negligence or careless actions. Unfortunately, these accidents sometimes have fatal consequences, claiming the lives of innocent victim(s) and leaving their families suffering from emotional loss and sudden financial pressure. In these cases, survivors may be able to pursue compensation for the loss of their loved one by filing a wrongful death claim.
What Is a Wrongful Death Suit?
Situations That May Qualify for a Claim
The statutes governing wrongful death claims are very broad, so a wide range of situations may provide grounds for legal action. Essentially, any incident which may have resulted in a personal injury suit if your family member had survived can lead to a wrongful death claim.
Some common examples include auto accidents caused by negligent drivers, fatalities caused by unsafe products, and medical malpractice. Even acts of intentional malice, like assault and manslaughter, can result in a civil suit, even if prosecutors decided not to file charges or failed to achieve a conviction.
Types of Compensation
Valuing a human life in monetary terms is extremely difficult, requiring your attorney to weigh a variety of factors. This includes the victim’s age and occupation, their future earning potential, and the number of people who relied on them for financial support.
You may also be able to pursue compensation for any medical care they needed before they passed away, as well as their burial expenses. Depending on the circumstances surrounding their death, your attorney might also recommend suing for non-economic damages, including your family member’s pain and suffering and the impact on the survivors who have to carry on without them.
With over 20 years’ combined experience serving the Lexington, KY, community, the legal team at the Thompson Law Office has the expertise to help you achieve justice if you’ve lost a family member to someone else’s carelessness. They understand how traumatic these experiences can be and will do everything possible to give you the compassionate, dedicated legal attention you deserve. Visit their website to learn more about how they can help in wrongful death cases, follow their Facebook for more tips and advice, and call (859) 280-2222 now for a free telephone consultation.