A wrongful death claim is a type of legal claim that can potentially be filed by the family members of someone who has been killed in a car accident due to negligence. This type of claim is filed in order to recover losses suffered as a result of the death, such as funeral expenses, lost income, and loss of consortium. To prove a wrongful death claim, family members must show that the death was caused by someone else’s negligence and that they have suffered losses as a result. While no amount of money will bring a loved one back, it can provide significant financial support during a hard time.
Wrongful death can occur in a variety of situations, such as car accidents, medical malpractice, or product liability cases. Damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
To prove wrongful death, the family (their lawyer) will need to show that the death was caused by someone else’s negligence. This can be done by showing that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased, that they breached that duty, and that this breach caused their death. The family will also need to show that they suffered losses as a result of the death.
There are a few things the family can do to strengthen their case. They can collect evidence from the scene of the accident, including photos of the damage done to the cars and eyewitness testimony. They can, with their lawyer, also look into the negligent driver’s history of reckless behavior or any accidents they may have been involved in previously.
Some of the damages that may be available in a wrongful death claim include medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of income and support. Family members may also be able to seek damages for the pain and suffering that they have endured as a result of the death.
It is important to note that in some states, only the estate of the deceased person can file a claim. It is important to speak with an attorney to determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim in your state.
Media Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Families With Wrongful Death Claims
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death, you may be entitled to compensation. While no amount of money will bring them back, it will help you shoulder the financial burden associated with their death. To help you explore your legal options, speak with our Media car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Call us at 610-565-3701 or complete our online form to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced team. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.