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When someone is involved in an accident that results in death, a wrongful death claim may be filed. The loss of a loved one due to another’s negligence can have devastating consequences for a family.
A wrongful death claim can be pursued against a negligent party who has caused an injury resulting in death.
Some examples leading to a wrongful death claim include claims against:
- The at-fault driver in a motor vehicle accident.
- The person is responsible for constructing a faulty roadway.
- A manufacturer of a defective vehicle.
- A person or bar who sold and served alcohol to an impaired individual.
In a wrongful death claim, the spouse, children or parents of the deceased may bring a claim to recover damages sustained as a result of their loved one’s death.
The damages recoverable in a wrongful death claim include:
- Medical expenses, funeral expenses, burial expenses, and estate administration expenses.
- An amount of compensation that will fairly and adequately compensate the family of the decedent (wife, children, parents, etc.) for their loss of any contributions they would have received between the time of the death of their loved one and today. This could include food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education.
- Compensation to the spouse and children for loss of services decedent would have provided, such as guidance, moral upbringing, etc.
Wrongful death claims involve a thorough investigation. It is best to consult an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as you realize you may have a wrongful death claim.
Recovering compensation after an accident.
The attorneys at Berger and Green will help you through the complexities of these types of cases.
We understand that no amount of money can truly compensate you for your loss, but our attorneys will fight to obtain the compensation you need to move forward with your life.