Losing a loved one through the negligence of another person or entity can be one of the most painful experiences in a person's life.
Following a fatal accident, families may not think immediately about wrongful death legal action, but choose instead to focus on the grieving process.
Pursuing legal action in the form of a wrongful death claim may be advisable in many situations.
A lawyer from Foster Law Offices can discuss with you the advisability of pursuing a wrongful death claim. We can handle the legal affairs while you and your family focus on grieving and healing.
Foster Law Offices stands ready to support the family of a loved one who has died due to the negligence or acts of others. We offer compassionate assistance through a very difficult time, while providing strong representation in a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.
* Wrongful Death Claim - What You Need To Know
Wrongful death as a legal term is a death that has been caused by the fault of another person.
For example, deaths caused by drunk driving, the manufacture of a defective or dangerous product, the construction of an unsound structure or building, or failing to diagnose a fatal disease may be considered under the law as a "wrongful death".
Wrongful death lawsuits or claims are generally filed by family members or beneficiaries of the decedent. In some instances, these claims are filed in order to obtain monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided.
Other damages that may be recovered include:
- Expense associated with the death, e.g., medical and funeral
- Lost benefits, such as insurance, from the death
- Loss of inheritance from an untimely death
- Pain, suffering or mental anguish suffered by the survivor of the decedent
- Loss of companionship, care or protection
When an accident or injury turns fatal, the lives of the survivors are changed forever.
The victim is suddenly gone, and left behind are family members coping with the loss of a parent, a spouse, a child, or a sibling.
A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for medical and funeral expenses and any lost income.
It also puts a tangible value on the intangible value of the person's contribution to the family and their loss of companionship.
Wrongful death actions can be sustained in several different negligent cases such as:
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Products liability cases
- Medical malpractice
- Truck accidents