No amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one whose death was wrongfully caused by another individual. However, a lawsuit for your loved one’s wrongful death will seek to ease your loss as much as possible by recovering compensation for your emotional, physical and economic losses.
In a wrongful death lawsuit we will seek to compensate the victim’s surviving family members and dependents for their loss. This includes compensation for loss of a loved one’s “services” and “companionship,” medical costs, as well as funeral expenses.
In some instances the law will also allow recovery of punitive damages depending on the actions leading to your loved one’s death. If their wrongful death was the result of intentional, malicious, reckless, or wanton conduct you may be entitled to economic compensation from the wrongdoers, as well as be able to advocate for their criminal prosecution.
While car and motorcycle accidents are the most common cause of wrongful death, they are not the only source of fatal injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated that in 2011 alone there were over 4,609 construction work-related fatalities; in 2010 it was estimated that over 16,000 fatalities were the result of slip and fall injuries. A lawsuit for a loved one’s wrongful death can occur in a wide array of settings.
If you believe that you have a wrongful death claim based on the loss of your loved one contact us today. The amount of time in which you have to file a lawsuit after the accident and the type of damages you should ask the court to award you and your family will vary depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case.
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