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What Damages Can Be Pursued in a Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death claims are brought upon a party if they caused someone else’s death, either intentionally or unintentionally, through negligence. After someone is killed as part of a wrongful death situation, their estate or surviving family can sue the party or parties responsible. During one of these lawsuits, one can pursue certain damages to help you recover costs associated with the party’s wrongful death.

When Can I Claim Wrongful Death?

You can make a wrongful death claim against someone if you’re a surviving family member of the deceased party and you have reason to believe that their death was a result of negligence or intentional harm. There are several common types of wrongful death claims. The first is after a person is murdered by another person. This is a clear and obvious intentional cause of death and, as a family member of the deceased, you may sue. Another common type of wrongful death suit is after someone is killed as a result of medical malpractice. That is, if someone dies as a result of a doctor’s negligence or improper care. The third most common wrongful death situation is after car accidents that cause significant enough injuries to kill someone.

What Damages am I Eligible to Recover?

As a surviving family member or member of the deceased’s estate, there are a few different categories of costs that you may be eligible to recover or be compensated for. One claim is the deceased party’s pain and suffering, which is quantified differently across different states. You can also recover medical treatment costs, funeral and burial expenses, and any loss of income from the deceased party being unable to work. The more emotional expenses are loss of care, guidance, or nurturing that the deceased would have provided and loss of love or companionship the person would have provided.

If you believe a loved one was killed wrongfully and you could recover some of the costs associated with their death, you should enlist the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney in your area.

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