On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in fatal motor vehicle accidents on Monday, July 18, 2016.
Filing a wrongful death claim is about more than just money. These claims are a way to avenge the untimely and senseless death of your loved one in a legal way. Some people might look to the criminal justice system to get to the bottom of holding someone accountable; however, it is also possible to do so in the civil court system.
When you opt to file a wrongful death claim, you are standing up for your loved one when he or she can't do it for him or herself. This is your opportunity to let the person who caused the fatal accident know that his or her actions were unacceptable. We want you to know that even if that person is facing criminal charges, you can still file the claim in civil court since these courts are independent.
There are several points that you must take into consideration when you file a wrongful death claim. The monetary amount of the claim is one of those factors. You must add up the loss of future earnings for the decedent. The burial expenses, funeral costs and medical expenses are also considered. If your loved one wasn't killed instantly, his or her pain and suffering are considered. Your loss of companionship is another point to add in when you figure out the monetary damages.
Another point that has to be considered is how the accident occurred. That point might lead you to discover that there are more defendants than only the person who was driving the vehicle. For example, his or her insurance company might be liable. If the driver was in a company vehicle, the business might be held accountable. We can help you to go through all the important points that might be applicable to your case.