Making a wrongful death claim may not make you feel better. After all, somebody you love is gone and you can never get them back. But depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim that can result in a financial settlement.
There are two things you have to do to determine if you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. First off, you need to know the definition of wrongful death. According to wordnetweb.princeton.edu, a wrongful death claim is:
a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person’s family or heirs
That should clear up your situation a bit. Of course, since you are not an attorney you probably don’t know much about where to go next, how much money you can sue for, etc. This is when hiring a wrongful death attorney comes into play.
If a family member was killed due to the negligence of another, you can work with your attorney to seek compensation for your loss, medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Filing a wrongful death claim is never easy. Most people don’t want to think about going through a long legal process after a loved one has passed on. Fortunately, by hiring a wrongful death attorney it becomes easier to start and move through the process.
If you believe you have a wrong death claim you need to know your legal rights. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C.