This blog has previously discussed the importance of wrongful death legal protections when a loved one has been wrongfully killed. Wrongful death legal protections can apply in a variety of circumstances when a loved one has been killed in a traumatic accident including a car accident, because of medical malpractice or some other type of accident.
Surviving family members should be familiar with how wrongful death legal protections work following the loss of a loved one. Wrongful death legal protections can help families during a difficult time.
When are wrongful death legal protections available?
Wrongful death legal protections are generally available when a loved one has been killed by the negligence of another party. A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought to help surviving family members recover compensation for their financial and emotional losses associated with the loss of their loved one.
How do wrongful death protections help?
Wrongful death damages depend on the nature of the circumstances and characteristics of the victim but can provide relief for:
- Funeral expenses;
- Lost prospect of inheritance or earning capacity;
- Loss of support and services; and other types of damages as well.
Who can wrongful death protections help?
Wrongful death legal protections are available to the heirs of the lost loved one. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought against the negligent party responsible for the fatal accident that led to the loss of loved one.
Following the wrongful loss of a loved one it is important for family members to know where they can turn. As a result, they should be familiar with the legal options and remedies available to help families face a difficult road ahead after the unexpected loss of their loved one.