What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims are claims that come up when a loved one dies due to the negligence of another. In such cases, the survivors, those who lost a loved one, can sue for compensation for their loss. Wrongful death suits can arise out of car accidents, premises liability claims, workplace accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, etc. Imagine, for example, someone runs a red light and strikes another car, killing the driver. Here, the decedent’s family would have the option of suing the negligent driver for the wrongful death of their loved one.
The main purpose of wrongful death suits is for the survivors to get some sort of compensation, or damages, for their loss. Typically damages are received to cover the loss of financial support; recover for the funeral and burial expenses, and any medical expenses that were incurred death; make up for the emotional distress suffered by the decedent’s loved ones who witnessed the accident; and any other related costs and damages.
When dealing with wrongful death claims, it is a good idea to have an attorney on your side. Generally wrongful death lawsuits don’t tend to go to trial, as trials are expensive and most try to settle outside of court. A lawyer can help with staying meeting all timing deadlines and navigating through the applicable law. A lawyer would also be helpful in negotiating a much better deal in terms of a settlement.
Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.