WHAT IS WRONGFUL DEATH?

Accidents are a part of everyday life. Sadly, while some end in a minor paper cut, others can remove the ground below our feet and result in the loss of a loved one. When a fatal accident occurs, “Wrongful Death Law” gives families a path to seek compensation for their loss.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

When a loved one dies, the number of people impacted can be great. While the law allows for several parties to file a claim, the law provides for a certain hierarchy to give priority to those who are perceived to be closest to the decedent. Those who can file a suit are:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Stepchildren
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Dependent minors who were living with the decedent at the time of death

In conjunction with the wrongful death statute, any recovered damages will be distributed to the surviving family members.

Members of the family are often apprehensive about initiating legal action because they feel it will only cause more emotional distress. Some families fail to realize the financial compensation available to the loved ones after the incident. Our law firm understands the delicacy of the matter and will work with you every step of the way and will resolve the lawsuit as quickly as possible.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Case

While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, a settlement can help ease pain and financial loss. When evaluating an appropriate amount of compensation, two types of factors are considered: real, measurable loss, and emotional/mental hardship.

Measurable losses that can be recovered include:

  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of future wages
  • Monetary worth of any services the decedent would have provided

Emotional hardship that can be recovered include:

  • Loss of companionship for spouses
  • Loss of guidance and emotional support for children
  • Significant grief and mental pain for parents

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Our team has the knowledge and the right resources to successfully pursue a wrongful death suit. Although no amount of money in the world can bring back your loved one, this settlement can give you the proper time and peace of mind to support the healing process. If you have lost a loved one due to the careless negligence or spiteful intentions of others, then you should call the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Savin & Bursk to obtain the justice you truly deserve.