Most adults recognize that they only get so long with the people they love. Inevitably, some of the people who matter the most to you will die before you do.
Unfortunately, sometimes those deaths occur long before they should have taken place in the natural order of things. You could lose a spouse when your children are still young or a child when they have just become an adult.
Car crashes, defective products and unsafe properties are all issues that can lead to someone dying earlier than they otherwise would. If you have recently lost a loved one, you may feel very strongly that there is a specific person or business to blame for that loss. Instead of allowing the inertia so common when people feel grief to dictate your decisions, you might want to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.
You can pursue justice for your loved one and your family
A wrongful death claim is a kind of personal injury lawsuit that imposes financial consequences for contributing to someone’s death. You have the right to bring a claim even if the state prosecutes the responsible party or is unable to do so.
Typically, you need to show that the other party broke the law or behaved in a negligent manner to have grounds for a wrongful death claim. You will also need proof that the death cost your family money. Future income and even unpaid household services can contribute to the financial value of a wrongful death claim.
Rather than giving in to your grief and not taking action at all, seeking financial compensation can reduce the harm your family suffers while also creating penalties for the party to blame for your loss.
There’s nothing wrong with pursuing financial compensation
Grief isn’t the only emotion that stops people from getting the wrongful death compensation they deserve. Guilt can also be a concern. Some people have survivor’s guilt if they were also involved in the same accident. Others feel bad for putting a financial value on someone’s recent death.
Holding someone accountable for your tragedy and acknowledging the harm they have caused your family is not inappropriate and therefore is no reason for you to feel guilty. Learning more about wrongful death claims could help you obtain justice after a tragic loss.