No one likes to be involved in an accident, whether that is a car accident, workplace injury, or medical error. However, these accidents do occur. Some are minor and will not result in serious harm. However, some are more extreme and may cause a catastrophic injury that has the potential to alter the course of your life. In the worst case scenario, very serious accidents can result in death. If you have a loved one that perished as a result of a car accident, workplace accident, improper medical treatment, or some other accident that was not their fault, your family may be able to recover damages by filing a wrongful death claim. You can learn more about this process and if it is the right choice for your family here.
What is Shelton Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a legal claim that the survivors of the person who died bring against the at-fault party. The at-fault party may be a person, such as a driver that caused a motor vehicle crash. It could be a company, for example a medical group or a manufacturing company that sold subpar equipment. Any of the accidents that we’ve discussed in this section of our website could result in death and could therefore be part of a wrongful death claim.
It does not matter if the at-fault party intended to harm your loved one or not. Even if the death was caused by an accident, the at-fault party is still legally responsible if they acted with recklessness or negligence.
In most cases, it is immediate family members who can file a wrongful death claim on their loved one’s behalf. This usually includes those who were dependents on the deceased and who’s lives have now changed drastically both emotionally and financially. This might include minor children, spouses, elderly parents, etc.
In a Shelton wrongful death case, the family seeking compensation may receive money to pay for things like:
- Funeral expenses: This might include cremation, headstones, coffins, wake fees, ceremony fees, memorial fees, etc.
- Hospital bills: If your loved one did not die immediately during or after the accident, they may have accumulated medical bills if they were sent to the hospital. The at-fault party should be responsible for compensating your family if your loved one’s insurance does not cover the expenses.
- Loss of future income: Your family can receive money if the deceased was still working and your family depended on their income. How much money is provided in this situation will depend on many factors and complex formulas.
- Pain and suffering: The loss of a loved one, especially the sudden loss of a loved one, can be devastating. You may be compensated for your pain and suffering even though again, it is difficult to put a price on what you have experienced and lost.
Help From a Local Lawyer
If you think that someone else is at fault for your loved one’s death, consider contacting a Shelton wrongful death lawyer for help. A lawyer can help determine if you have a strong case and can protect your family’s interests. For more information, contact our team. We are here for you during this difficult time.