Accepting the loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult, more so when it is due to a preventable accident. However, the unexpected passing of a family member can leave you with mounting expenses on top of your unbearable grief. Although taking legal action while in mourning does not seem enticing right now, there are some benefits to filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Obtain compensation to shoulder the damages of the accident
No amount of money can ever replace the loss of a loved one, but it can relieve some of your financial burdens. Death-related costs are shockingly steep, placing those left behind in a bind.
A wrongful death lawsuit could offer some relief by covering:
- Medical and hospital bills incurred for your loved one’s care
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income, such as future earnings, inheritance and retirement benefits, that your loved one would have provided to your family
Beyond these economic damages, you may be able to collect compensation for the pain and suffering of your loved one as well as your emotional and mental anguish and loss of companionship.
Let the perpetrator face the consequences of their actions
Losing a family member because of the reckless behavior of another person can push people to seek justice. Receiving validation from the law that a loved one was wronged sometimes means more to individuals than monetary compensation.
Obtaining justice for your family’s loss may bring a sense of peace and comfort that’s much needed during this challenging time. By filing a wrongful death claim, you can stand up for your loved one and protect their memory on their behalf.
Show that reckless or negligent behavior is unacceptable
By pursuing a wrongful death claim, you help show that negligent or reckless behavior comes with consequences. The damages alone could discourage people from being inconsiderate and careless with their actions. Your efforts can be pivotal in sparing other families from experiencing the same misery.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit for the tragedy your loved one experienced can help compensate your family’s financial losses. However, it can also provide an opportunity to pursue justice and find some solace during this trying time.