Motor vehicle accidents can cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries. A moment of distraction or inattention, driving too fast, or driving impaired can result in serious long-lasting injures or the loss of a loved one’s life in the blink of an eye.
When a family member is killed in a car or truck accident, it is important to know you legal options. Although nothing can bring back a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable party can benefit your family in several ways.
The loss of a loved one is devastating regardless of the circumstances surrounding an accident. However, if a responsible party’s negligence contributed to a fatal accident, a wrongful death suit allows you to hold the liable party responsible, sometimes in conjunction with a criminal case.
Many families reeling from the death of a loved one also face significant financial difficulties. A wrongful death claim allows family members to recover monetary damages, compensation which may include funeral and burial costs, medical bills, lost income, and other lost benefits.
Non-economic damages in a wrongful death case may include loss of companionship or a relationship sustained by a surviving spouse, loss of parental instruction or guidance if children are involved, as well as damages for grief and mental anguish suffered by survivors.
Although no amount of compensation can assuage a family’s grief when a loved one passes, a wrongful death claim may lessen the financial burden that many families face in the aftermath of a tragic accident. If you need help, contact the Davenport wrongful death attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, P.C. for compassionate, experienced wrongful death representation at 563-355-6478.