If you have had a family member die without warning and the death was caused as the result of carelessness by another individual or party, you will want to sue for wrongful death. After all, it's likely taken a huge toll on your family, and it's only right to be compensated for this. Here are four specific reasons you should pursue the case:
- Funerals are Expensive: Not only are funerals expensive, but that's even more so the case if it's a funeral that needs to be planned unexpectedly. While an elderly person might have a financial plan in place for their funeral upon the event of their passing, if you've had a loved one die suddenly, chances are they will not have this arranged. Your family will end up having to pay the entire costs, most likely, which includes the cost of a funeral home, casket, flowers, and more.
- You've Lost Health Insurance: If the loved one who has passed was providing your family with health insurance through their place of employment, you will no longer have that. This means you need to start paying for health insurance yourself. Most likely, this is going to take a huge toll on your family financially because you likely have to deal with a higher premium since there is not a portion that is being covered by an employer.
- You've Lost Income: If the family member who passed was contributing their regular income to the running of the household, this is no longer something that will be there. You will want to be compensated for the amount of money that you would have otherwise received had your loved one continued out their normal life as expected.
- You've Suffered a Loss of Companionship: If this person was your spouse, most states allow you to receive compensation for the loss of companionship. This takes a huge toll on daily life and is especially hard in the first few months. If you are currently working, chances are you will have to take time off to mourn. Not only is this challenging financially because you are not working, but it's also challenging emotionally, which affects day-to-day life.
These are just four reasons it's worth pursuing a wrongful death case. If you aren't sure whether or not your loved one's death would be under wrongful death, you should talk with a lawyer right away. Your lawyer will be able to determine whether or not this is the case, as well as how much you should be compensated for based on circumstances.
Contact a personal injury lawyer for more information and assistance.