They are the cases no one ever wants. They are the types of losses everyone prays they will avoid. However, each year, thousands of families face the unthinkable: the loss of a loved one due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
If you have lost a loved one due to an accident, you may be paralyzed by grief and loss and unable to think about financial matters. However, if you do not act promptly, you may lose the opportunity to recover damages.
During a time like this, you need help from a legal professional who knows the legal system and principally how to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. At Ashley Injury Lawyers, we can work on your behalf to recover the maximum amount of damages possible for the loss of your loved one.
What Is A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A person who dies in an accident cannot file a lawsuit. The law does not allow lawsuits by deceased people, so the family members of the victim are the ones who must take on the burden of collecting damages to pay for expenses and to compensate the family for losses.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a particular type of injury lawsuit filed by family members of a person killed in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. A wrongful death lawsuit usually includes the following components:
- Loss of love and affection. It is impossible to put a dollar figure on the loss of a loved one. Still, most wrongful death lawsuits request monetary payment as a form of compensation for the loss of love, companionship, mentorship, and other intangibles.
- Loss of future income. If the loved one was the breadwinner, it is essential to account for the lost income that the person would have earned and shared with the family. This can also include pensions or retirement income.
- Medical and funeral bills. Sometimes those killed in an accident incur massive medical bills before their death. Funeral expenses can also cost thousands of dollars. A wrongful death lawsuit may ask for reimbursement of these expenses.
- Miscellaneous costs. There may be a multitude of other expenses a family incurs as a result of wrongful death. These can also be claimed as part of the lawsuit.
The attorneys at Ashley Law are here to work with families to help recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.