Wrongful death is a legal term. It refers to a death that has been caused due to the the fault of another individual. For example, a person killed by a drunk driver has a wrongful death claim.
The death of a family member or loved one is the most emotionally devastating event that anyone can experience. The family or loved ones of the deceased are entitled to compensation for their loss. While nothing can replace your loved one, an experienced attorney may be able to help you gain justice by maximizing the amount of compensation you recover.
In order to establish a wrongful death case, one must prove the death was caused by a reckless or negligent act of another person. A wrongful death claim against a negligent party is generally filed by the spouse, children or other family member of the deceased.
Some of the damages may include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of income
- Loss of benefits (pension, medical coverage, etc.)
- Medical expenses
Even if you are not sure you have a legitimate case, it is still very important to get an evaluation from an experienced attorney. Clearly nothing can replace your loved one, and money cannot compensate your loss; however, discussing your options with a lawyer often helps. John Rothschild can assist you in determining whether or not a legal case of wrongful death exists.
John Rothschild provides free, no-obligation consultations by phone or email for wrongful death cases. If you have a case in the Seattle area, please email or call John Rothschild.