Wrongful death lawsuits can provide compensation for families of those who have died from an accident. Compensation can be received in the form of damages, which are monetary payment for the result of the accident that was experienced. This compensation can include medical expenses prior to death, pain and suffering of the deceased, lost wages for your loved one’s future economic earnings, mental anxiety and emotional distress suffered by family members, the value of the services for your loved one, the loss of guidance and counsel a parent would have provided to a child and the loss of support and companionship of a spouse, a parent or a child.
If the deceased party had a will in place, damages will go to the estate and allocated in proportion to the loss each loved one suffered as a result of the experience. Without a legal will in place for the individual and their estate, the district will follow a set formula to allocate the damages to the family. An attorney can assist with the process of filing the claim and providing insight into expectations of the compensation that may be rewarded.
Who files the claim for wrongful death?
Cases of wrongful death can be brought to light to get justice for the deceased. However, for these cases, only certain individuals are able to file the claim for wrongful death on behalf of the deceased individual. For incidents of wrongful death, the personal representative of the estate must file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the surviving spouse or domestic partner. If there is no surviving spouse or domestic partner, then the next in line would be children, parents or siblings. These individuals can file the claim because not all loved ones are able to reap the benefits of the lawsuit if compensation is allowed to be done. Wrongful death lawsuits can arise from a variety of accidents that people can be involved in, causing them to die. This can include motor vehicle accidents, product liability situations and more. With these cases, people can seek liability to get the justice that they deserve.
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.