When a loved one dies due to the error or negligence of another person, a wrongful death claim is often the best route to take. While it certainly does not assuage the pain or sadness that a family experiences, it can assist with the financial strains of the death, providing quite a relief during a time of mourning.
As a personal injury lawyer, I often handle wrongful death claims for my clients. And while that is not a situation you ever want to be put in, if someone you love dies at the hands of another, I’m here to help. Through a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party, I can help your family seek:
- Funeral and burial expenses – These can give you the funds you need to bury your loved one and hold a funeral for his or her friends, family, and colleagues to attend.
- Medical costs – Did you incur medical expenses due to the at-fault party’s actions? Did your loved one receive treatment or surgery before his or her death? You may be able to seek compensation for these costs as well.
- Lost income – If your loved one contributed income to your household, a wrongful death claim can help you seek any income lost to date, as well as future income.
- Lost benefits – Was your loved one the policyholder on your health-care benefits? Did he or she have a 401K or pension that you relied on? A wrongful death claim can often seek compensation for these funds as well.
Your family may also be due punitive damages if the at-fault party was particularly negligent or reckless in their actions. These damages are designed to penalize the defendant, and they could amount to thousands and thousands of dollars, depending on the exact situation.
Did your family lose a loved one due to someone else’s error? Whether the death occurred at work, in a car accident, because of a defective product, or due to medical practice, we’re here to help. Contact a personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today to discuss your wrongful death claim.