A wrongful death claim for damages is an important legal remedy for surviving loved ones left behind following a fatal accident. When a loved one has been wrongfully killed by the negligence of another party, a wrongful death claim for damages can provide important protections for family members to be familiar with.

A wrongful death claim for damages may be brought by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of the surviving family members. Immediate family members, dependents and some other family members may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for damages. A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought against a negligent party, such as a negligent driver or other negligent party, responsible for the damages the victim’s family has suffered.

Specific wrongful death damages that may be available depend on the characteristics of the victim and circumstances, however, in general, damages may be available for financial and emotional damages family members have suffered. Damages may include compensation for medical and funeral expenses; loss of support and services; lost earnings and lost prospect of inheritance; and loss of consortium. These damages can help family members with the unexpected emotional and financial challenges they may face.

Knowledge of wrongful death legal protections can be critically important for surviving family members who have had their loved one unexpectedly, and wrongfully, taken from them. As a result, they should be familiar with wrongful death legal protections that can hold the negligent party accountable for the damages they have caused.