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Losing someone in an accident can be a tragic experience for any family member. The emotional pain of losing one's father, mother, sibling or other family member can be too much to bear after an accident. If you have suffered this type of loss, then you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the life of your deceased loved one. Instead of navigating the court systems alone, a lawyer can serve as your ally and be with you every step of the way.
Loved ones can be left with extremely high expenses when another loved one passes away. Perhaps you are stuck having to pay funeral expenses for your deceased loved one. It is not uncommon for funeral expenses to amount to thousands of dollars. You should not have the burden of paying for funeral expenses that amount to significant sums of your own salary. A personal injury lawyer can help you so that the responsible party for your loved one's death is able to pay for all of the funeral expenses. Other forms of compensation that you may seek in a wrongful death action include lost wages, future lost wages and loss of companionship. While you may feel that no amount of money can compensate you for the loss of companionship that you have experienced, it can still be comforting to receive compensation to pay for the expenses and debts that you are left with after your loved one's death.
There are plenty of individuals who have the legal right to file a lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim. The parents of a deceased child may file a lawsuit with a wrongful death claim. Distant family members or other individuals who have been left with a financial burden are eligible to file a wrongful death claim in court. A domestic life partner may also be eligible to file a wrongful death action on behalf of a loved one.
When you go to court, it will be your lawyer's responsibility to show that your loved one died as the result of someone else's legal fault. Your lawyer will need to persuade the jury that a loved one actually experienced certain injuries or died as the result of negligent behavior of another person. Perhaps a loved one was involved in a car accident involving an intoxicated driver. Maybe your loved one fell off of a scaffolding that was defective in nature. Whenever an accident occurs through no fault of one's own, it is likely that the fault can be attributed to another responsible party. It is the lawyer's job to figure out who this responsible person is.