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What is wrongful death claim?

The unexpected loss of a loved one can be devastating to families. A wrongful death lawsuit is an option that can help surviving family members of victims of car accidents. Family members may have questions about wrongful death claims. A wrongful death claim for damages is a legal option available to help families who have wrongfully lost a loved one because of the negligence of another party such as negligent driver.

Wrongful death claims for damages are brought by the estate of the lost loved one for the benefit of surviving family members according to state wrongful death statutes. Though it is challenging to place a value on the loss of a loved one, damages may be available to help victims with costs associated with their loss including medical and funeral expenses, lost prospect of inheritance, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages.

Because damages cannot be speculative, it is important to calculate the damages as accurately as possible. Damages in a wrongful death claim are based on the unique characteristics of the victim and circumstances of the situation. Surviving family members may unexpectedly face financial challenges while they struggle to cope with the emotional challenges associated with the unexpected loss.

When victims have wrongfully lost a loved one, they may be left facing uncertainty in the midst of overwhelming emotional struggles. A wrongful death claim for damages can help surviving family members as they face life without their loved one following a tragic loss of a loved one in a car accident.

Source:, "Wrongful Death Overview," Accessed Sept. 14, 2017

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