If you are injured by the act of another, it is not difficult to contemplate a legal claim against that person to secure financial redress for those injuries. But what about a situation in which an injury not only happens to a family member, but also results in his or her death? What recourse might you have under the law in that situation?
The loss of a loved one is inevitably difficult and painful, let alone when the death is caused by a fatal accident that is spontaneous and arguably preventable. A wrongful death lawsuit attempts to place liability on another party. While medical expenses are often a realistic part of the scenario, financial settlements also act as compensation to the claimant and hopefully serve as a sense of justice. The victim’s estate is ultimately awarded the money awarded from the settlement.