Losing a loved one unexpectedly due to someone’s negligence or misconduct is a traumatic experience that is coupled with a tremendous amount of grief. In addition to facing the sadness, surviving family members are frequently faced with financial, guardianship and probate issues. Unfortunately, many families don’t immediately realize that they may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the individual or company responsible for their loved one’s death.
A wrongful death claim allows surviving family members to pursue compensation from the parties allegedly responsible for causing the death of their loved one. A Successful wrongful death claim may result in awards for medical expenses, lost wages, funeral and burial expenses. In addition, the surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for loss of consortium, or the loss of love and companionship of the deceased. However, many surviving spouses and other family members never pursue a wrongful death claim because they are experiencing too much emotional pain.
If you have experienced the sudden loss of a loved one, it is important to act right away. The immediate gathering of evidence is critical to a successful wrongful death claim. Lawyers who handle wrongful death cases understand their clients are experiencing indescribable grief. For this reason, many law firms urge grieving clients to reach out to others for support. Asking a trusted friend or family member to help you gather information and initiate contact with a law firm can take the pressure off a grieving family. Although this person may not qualify to join as a plaintiff in the wrongful death lawsuit, he or she can provide valuable support to the bereaved as the case progresses.