When a loved one has been killed in a fatal accident, legal resources can help hold a negligent party who is responsible for the death of the loved one accountable. A wrongful death claim for damages can also help family members recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional losses they have suffered associated with the death of their loved one.

The damages that can be recovered depend on the characteristics of the victim and the circumstances. Characteristics of the victim such as age, earnings and earning capacity are taken into account when determining the damages the victim’s family may recover. Damages in wrongful death cases can include compensation for medical and funeral expenses; loss of support and services; and loss of companionship and consortium, as well as other damages.

A wrongful death claim can be brought by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of the surviving family members. Unfortunately, fatal accidents can occur in a variety of settings including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and in other circumstances as well such as medical malpractice and situations of a dangerous or defective product-related accident.

When a family member has been wrongfully killed, the period of time that follows the unexpected loss can be unspeakably difficult which is why the legal process recognizes the needs of victims and their families and can help them recover for their damages. Loved ones of victims of fatal accidents should be familiar with the legal protections and how those resources may be available to help them.