Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident is a gut-wrenching experience. There is nothing that can be said or done to eliminate the pain that is associated with the loss. When the loss comes from a sudden, unexpected auto accident, emotions are heightened—mixed with other feelings including anger, confusion, and regret.
A motorist has a responsibility to drive in a safe manner. When he fails in this basic obligation, he puts the lives of others on the line. If the driver’s negligence ends the life of another driver or passenger, he can and should be held responsible for his actions.
You may be wondering what claims can be included in a motor vehicle wrongful death lawsuit. It can include:
- Medical costs. The victim may have not passed away immediately following the accident. This leaves the burden of the medical costs on the loved ones of the deceased. This cost may be recovered in a wrongful death case.
- Funeral expenses. Funeral and burial costs can be quite substantial and can represent a major financial burden to the surviving family. Whether the cost is minimal or substantial, it may be recovered in a lawsuit.
- Loss of wages. It is likely that a dependent was relying on the deceased individual’s income for support. A dependent may recoup lost wages in order to maintain his standard of living.
- Emotional suffering. A monetary amount may be sought for the grief, mental anguish, emotional pain, and suffering that occurred due to the negligent death.
We understand that losing a loved one is a painful and sensitive event, and we deal with every case accordingly. For a free case evaluation simply fill out the contact form on this page.