Losing a loved one causes pain beyond imagining. Your life will change completely, and things will never be the same. If your loved one was in the hospital in their last moments, you could face a lot of medical bills.
From every single standpoint, losing a loved one is terrible. So, how do people cope with it?
Well, you can start by checking whether or not your loved one’s death was a result of a natural cause. But what if you lose your loved one as a result of someone else’s negligent actions? If that is the case, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Here is everything that you need to know about wrongful death claims.
Before you can do anything, you should consult with an attorney. Do you have one to call? If the answer is NO, you should check in with our Dallas wrongful death attorneys today. Our offices are welcoming, and we help all people in need by answering their questions and pointing them in the right direction. Once you visit us or give us a call, we will offer you a free consultation where you will learn more about your legal options, and our attorneys will learn more about your particular case. If they determine that you have a claim in hand, they will offer their services to help you file a successful wrongful death claim. Be sure to give us a call as soon as you can.
Compensation For Your Loses
The purpose of the wrongful death claim is to compensate surviving family members for their losses. They can collect compensation for both economic and noneconomic losses. The losses can include costs for:
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Family’s mental pain and anguish
- Decedent’s pain and suffering
- Medical costs (before death)
- Punitive damages (awarded in special cases)
Who Is Eligible To File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In most states across America, the immediate family is eligible to file a wrongful death claim following a tragic accident. These include:
- Other relatives (if the deceased had no immediate family)
Priority is always given to the closest relatives. The immediate family (spouse and children) will always be the first in line and the ones who suffered the most. Every family member will benefit from a wrongful death claim. However, there are cases where family members do not agree on the distribution of the benefits. When this happens, the court may intervene and decide how to distribute a wrongful death settlement. The court will assess the situation closely, and decide the best way to divide the money between the surviving family members. This includes examining each member’s financial standing and their relationship with the deceased.
Be sure to contact lawyers right after you have lost a loved one as a result of an accident. An attorney will guide you through the process, and help unite your family in a common goal (if necessary).