Car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents can all result in catastrophic injuries for victims and death. Personal injury protections are available to family members of those killed in fatal accidents. Family members who have suffered the wrongful loss of their loved one may be able to recover damages for their loss through a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death legal protection basics
When a loved one has been unexpectedly killed, the negligent driver responsible may be liable for wrongful death damages.
How can a wrongful death claim be brought?
Wrongful death claims can be brought by the personal representative for the estate provided that the victim could have brought a claim for negligence had they survived the accident.
When must a wrongful death claim be brought?
Wrongful death claims must be brought within two years of the death of the victim. It is important to adhere to these timelines and limits.
What types of damages are available?
Wrongful death damages help compensate the victim for their financial and emotional losses including loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance and medical and financial damages. Damages are unique in each situation and depend on the victim and the circumstances.
Wrongful death claims can be brought on behalf of surviving family members for the benefits of the surviving family members. Damages are distributed according to wrongful death distribution laws in the state. Family members facing the unexpected loss of a loved one should be familiar with how wrongful death protections may be able to help them and hold a negligent driver accountable.