The unexpected and sudden loss of a family member in a fatality accident is always traumatizing and difficult. No amount of money could ever bring back a loved one killed in a preventable accident. However, unexpected losses may leave surviving family members with expenses and no means of financial support from a main income provider. Wrongful death actions can provide families with much needed compensation to cover expenses, as well as money for pain and suffering. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, compensation may be substantial.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
There is the potential for liability with any unexpected and sudden death. Wrongful death claims may be pursued for fatal transportation accidents (auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, aviation accidents, railroad accidents), construction accidents and industrial accidents. Deaths due to dangerous and defective products, medical malpractice, failure to supervise, or nursing home abuse or negligence may also qualify for a wrongful death action.
Finding a Qualified Wrongful Death Attorney
Proving negligence and fault may not be easy, which is why you want to look for a wrongful death lawyer with experience and knowledge, along with a history of proven results. The lawyer you choose to handle your claim may mean the difference between no compensation, and full and fair compensation. Almost all wrongful death lawyers offer free consultations, and are happy to answer your questions and explain your options.
Understanding Time Limits and Statutes
By law, you have a limited time to bring a wrongful death claim. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. The amount of time you have may vary depending on the cause of death and the state you are in, and may range from several months to several years. An attorney in your jurisdiction can explain what time limits apply to your case. After the statute of limitations expires, unless there is a legal exception, you lose your right to file a claim for damages.
Keeping Records of Expenses
The death of a family member may leave you with a wide range of expenses from hospital bills to funeral and burial costs. Without the income of the decedent, you may have trouble meeting other monthly bills. If you pursue a wrongful death claim, you may be eligible for compensation of these expenses and other costs. Save copies of all of your bills, receipts, invoices and records related to the your loved one's passing. Talk to an attorney about your rights to compensation for all expenses.