A wrongful death claim is defined as a loss of life caused by the negligent or wrongful act or omission of another. Wrongful death claims can result from a variety of mishaps, including car accidents, boat and airplane accidents, job site accidents, slip and fall accidents, and accidents caused by defective products.
Immediate family members of the deceased – including spouse, children, and parents – are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover damages. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil lawsuit filed independently of any criminal charges. Under the law, surviving family members may be compensated for damages caused by the wrongful death of a loved one. Damages may include: medical costs, funeral costs, lost wages and benefits, loss of contributions for support, loss of assistance and service, loss of training and education, loss of consortium, emotional trauma, and punitive damages.
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