When one person negligently, intentionally, or recklessly causes the death of another person, the family members of the deceased may file a “wrongful death” action. Wrongful deaths can result from all types of situations, such as drunk driving collisions, construction site accidents, intentional homicides or assaults, violence in the workplace, a defective drug, product or machine, a doctor’s failure to diagnose a fatal disease, or surgical mishaps.
Families of the victim may be entitled to seek justice on their loved one’s behalf by filing a legal claim seeking compensation for the wages the deceased would have earned if the death had not occurred. Additionally, the family may seek to recover medical costs related to the cause of death, burial expenses, lost insurance and other benefits, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, as well as mental anguish. Additionally, depending on the circumstances of the death, the family may be able to obtain punitive damages, which seeks to punish the responsible party and deter them from causing future harm to others.
If someone you know suffered a wrongful death, you may be legally eligible for monetary compensation. If you have any concerns regarding whether the death of your loved one was wrongful, contact the law firm of Adrienne P. Hobbs, P.C. to get all of your questions answered.