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What is a wrongful death lawsuit?

When surviving family members have lost a loved one in a fatal accident, they may be left with many questions and face unexpected emotional and financial damages. Wrongful death actions may be able to provide some help to surviving family members coping with the unexpected, and wrongful, loss of a loved one in a fatal accident.

Surviving family members who have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver should ensure they have all of their questions answered concerning how a wrongful death claim for damages may be able to help them with the struggles they face. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members, which usually includes spouses, children, and dependents. The compensation that is recoverable after successfully pursuing one of these claims can help them with their financial and emotional damages.

The damages available for wrongful death vary by situation and depend on the characteristics and circumstances of the victim. Generally, though these losses include medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services, lost prospect of inheritance, lifetime earnings, and compensation for other financial and emotional damages surviving family members may suffer. A wrongful death claim may be appropriate in the aftermath of nearly any kind of accident that was caused by the negligence of another, including truck and car accidents.

The harm a careless or negligent driver causes can have a broad impact on the victim and the victim's family, especially in cases of a fatal accident. As a result, surviving family members need to be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have suffered the unexpected and wrongful loss of a loved one, which is one of the most difficult challenges any family can face.

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