Understanding Wrongful Death Cases
The death of a loved one is always a tragic occurrence, but even more so when the death was unexpected and not due to natural causes. If you had a relative who died due to an accident or criminal activity, you may have grounds for a wrongful death case.
Grounds for a Claim
When determining whether or not you have a case there are two key factors: was the death caused by negligence or an intent to cause harm and are there surviving relatives who are suffering as a result of the loss. Examples of negligence include medical malpractice, selling or manufacturing faulty products or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intent to cause harm is established in cases of assault or murder.
If your relative died from the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible for both financial compensation and non-economic damages. Financial damages are determined by lost wages from the deceased, considering the wages they were earning at the time of death as well as potential future income. In addition, non-economic losses, such as the loss of parental guidance or compensation for emotional suffering may be included in the settlement.
If your loved one died due to negligence, you may have a right to compensation. Call Peterson & Peterson LLC at (937) 502-4222 for more information on understanding wrongful death cases.