Legal protections are available for victims of car accidents and for surviving family members of fatal car accident victims. The legal resource and remedy available to help surviving family members with their financial and emotional damages following a fatal car accident is referred to as a wrongful death claim for damages.
A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the estate of the car accident victim who was killed and damages are to help surviving family members with the challenges they may unexpectedly face following the wrongful death of their loved one. Damages surviving family members may suffer can include medical and funeral expenses, the loss of future earnings or inheritance, the loss of support and services and the loss of consortium and companionship because of the loss of the loved one and the circumstances of the love one’s death.
A wrongful death claim can be brought when a loved one is killed because of the negligence of another party. This may include a negligent driver in a car accident or a negligent medical care provider in circumstances of medical malpractice. Wrongful death legal protections can also apply in other situations as well depending on the circumstances. The wrongful death claim is brought against the negligent driver to help hold them accountable and help surviving family members with the damages they have suffered.
Legal protections, including personal injury legal protections such as wrong death, are available to help victims and their families as they struggle to pick up the pieces after suffering harm because of someone else’s negligence. It is extremely valuable for surviving family members to be familiar with how these protections may help them during a difficult time.