In the days and weeks that follow the loss of a family member in an unexpected accident, your life will probably be filled with lots of tears, sadness and feelings of loss. You may also have moments of heartfelt joy as you honor the tremendous love you continue to have for your family member. In the midst of these difficult emotions, you may also be wondering about justice and holding the person who caused your family member's death accountable in court.
One way to seek justice in this regard is by filing a wrongful death action. Even if your deceased family member was not an income-producing, career-oriented person, you may still be able to pursue compensation relating to your loss of relationship, the loss of this person's contribution to the family, the loss of the various household services that he or she performed and other categories of damages. In certain circumstances, surviving family members might even be able to pursue damages relating to the pain and suffering endured by the decedent before he or she passed away.
There's no way to make someone whole after the death of someone close to them. No amount of litigation and no amount of financial compensation will ever suffice. That being said, monetary remuneration is the only way our court system has of trying to bring some measure of justice to the situation. The process of filing and litigating a wrongful death suit can also family members attain a sense of closure regarding their loved one's death.
If you're considering whether your family should pursue a wrongful death case related to the death of someone close to you, our law firm is available to discuss your legal rights and options in a free, no-obligation consultation.