Losing a family member is tough for any family, but it can be particularly difficult for the families left behind to deal with the extensive financial losses that often accompany the sudden loss of a loved one. If your loved one died as the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you could have grounds for a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death action cannot reverse what happened, but it may be an appropriate way to recover the financial losses associated with the death. During a time of grief, the last thing you want to think about is legal action, but you do not have to undertake this course of action on your own.
How can I know if I should file a claim?
Not every fatal accident is grounds for a wrongful death claim. It is wise to be familiar with eligibility requirements before you move forward with this course of action. Often, wrongful death claims arise after a car accident, but you may consider this option if you lost a loved in an accident involving the following:
- Aviation accident
- Car accident
- Medical malpractice
- Occupational accident
- Criminal activity
- Occupational illness due to dangerous exposure
- Death during a supervised activity
Grounds to file a claim can arise out of various circumstances. Even if you are unsure if you have a rightful claim to compensation, you always have the right to know your options.
A strong wrongful death claim
Building a strong wrongful death claim is an essential step toward securing the compensation you need for accident-related financial losses. To have a valid claim, you must be able to include documentation validating the existence or occurrence of the following:
- A fatality
- The appointment of a person to act as representative of the decedent's estate
- Financial suffering of family members because of the death
- Proof that negligent, reckless or harmful actions caused the fatality
The damages to which you may have a rightful claim depend on the nature of your individual situation, the evidence included brought by your claim and the financial suffering you experienced after the accident.
While there is no way to reverse the damage you experienced as a result of your accident, you do have the right to hold liable parties accountable for the actions and circumstances that caused the untimely death of your family member. If you have grounds for a wrongful death claim, you have no time to lose in taking the steps necessary to protect your interests.