Wrongful death claims are made by the survivors of a deceased individual who has passed due to the negligence or misconduct of someone else. The wrongful death action is designed to provide compensation for relatives who depended upon the deceased for financial and emotional support.
Some Causes of Wrongful Death include:
- Birth Injuries
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Workplace exposure to hazardous conditions or substances
Wrongful Death Damages
When determining the amount of damages to be awarded to the survivors of the deceased, the court will consider the relationship between the survivor and the deceased, the deceased's net income available to the survivor, the value of the deceased services, and the life expectancy of all parties involved. An individual's relationship to the deceased may entitle them certain benefits.
- Spouse: May recover compensation for the loss of companionship and protection as well as for mental pain and suffering.
- Minor Children: May seek compensation for lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance as well as for mental pain and suffering.
- Parent: Each parent of a deceased minor child may recover compensation for mental pain and suffering. Each parent of an adult child may also recover compensation for mental pain and suffering if there are no other survivors.
All survivors may recover the value of lost support and services and future loss of support and services. Medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent’s injury or death may be recovered.
If you have unexpectedly lost a loved one, please fill out our free case review form.