The emotional pain and grief that follow a fatal accident cannot be fixed or undone. After a death, though, family members might face significant financial barriers as a result. These financial issues can be addressed.
When a wrongful death occurs, there are many important considerations. As part of a normal grieving process, people often wonder how to pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one. They might wonder who can be held liable and who covers the cost of the lawsuit and claim.
We invite you to read on for more information on wrongful death claims and lawsuit(s) because it’s important to have your questions answered.
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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Wrongful Death?
When tragedies occur, it’s natural for people to want to identify what went wrong and who was at fault. These answers can help bring peace of mind to those who have lost a loved one, especially if the fatal incident was caused by negligent behavior.
In the event of wrongful death, it’s essential to determine what party is at fault and who can be held liable. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by an immediate family member of the deceased against anyone who caused the death of that person by negligence or misconduct.
Common examples include vehicular accidents, medical malpractice and product malfunction.
Wrongful death claims and lawsuits often follow criminal lawsuits. For example, a reckless driver might be found criminally guilty or not, but either way they could still be successfully sued for wrongful death. Those claims could then provide financial compensation for the family members of the victim.
This financial aspect can be incredibly important to the surviving family members. In addition to the immense emotional distress they experience when losing a loved one, people also face practical matters that can’t be ignored. When a child loses a parent, how can they receive the financial assistance they need to continue on with life?
Who Covers the Costs of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit and Claim?
If an individual or business is found to be responsible for a wrongful death, then their insurance company will most likely pay the settlement. However, there are cases where individuals or businesses do not have relevant insurance.
In those cases, the individual or company must pay out of pocket. And if it is a legal requirement for them to have a certain type of insurance but they don’t, then another lawsuit will follow.
These cases tend to be incredibly sensitive. That’s why Sandel Law is here to answer your questions and help usher you through the legal aspects of an instance of wrongful death. During this challenging time, you’ll need representation you can count on.
Let’s work together to get you the compensation needed to continue building your life in the absence of a loved one. Contact The Sandel Law Firm today for a free consultation.