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Other Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Wrongful Death Accidents

The sudden death of a loved one can have a devastating and emotional effect on you and your family. If your family member died due to an accident, the accident could be considered a wrongful death in the eyes of the law, and you and your family may be eligible to receive compensation from the negligent party.

Types of Wrongful Death Accidents

Some of the least common wrongful death accidents can include train accidents, plane accidents, boat accidents and forklift accidents.

A wrongful death can also be caused by an accident involving an object falling on a person, a pedestrian being struck by a car, and failure of a company to provide adequate security to prevent a crime. Another form of wrongful death could be due to wrong doing by a member of law enforcement.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim

While the laws vary from state to state as to who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, typically the spouse and children are able to file a claim. In other cases, the siblings, parents, and grandparents may all be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation for the death of their loved one.

Types of Damages Available

There is a long list of damages that you and your family may be eligible for, but the most common are: medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of future earnings, loss of the family member's benefits, loss of inheritance, and pain and suffering. In many cases loss of care, companionship and protection are also available.

Some states allow punitive damages. These types of damages will be awarded to you and your family by the judge or jury if the case goes to trial. Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer for their obvious negligent or wanton disregard for the safety and well-being of others.

Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations is the timeframe you and your family are allowed under the law to file a wrongful death claim and/or lawsuit. The Statute of Limitations can vary from state to state.

Wrongful Death Lawyer

The sudden tragic death of a loved one can cause a difficult time for you and your family. However, if you believe your family member's death was an accident, or caused the negligence of someone else, in other words a wrongful death, you should seek out the advice of a competent wrongful death attorney in your state. A good attorney can help you receive the monetary compensation you and your family deserve.

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