Losing a loved one is always a difficult event to endure. The sudden void created by the absence of someone special can leave the ones left behind in an initial state of shock followed by a period of bereavement. Especially difficult is the loss of a family member who is also a significant financial provider in a household. In such a situation, a family has not only an emotional weight to carry, but a monetary burden as well.
This situation can seem all the more unfair if the death was caused by the misdeeds or negligence of someone else. Such a case is commonly referred to as “wrongful death.” If you believe your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, there are possible legal pathways available to you and your family in seeking financial compensation for your loss.
The following are events that can lead to cases of wrongful death. A more detailed explanation can be found here.
- Incidents of medical malpractice
- Accidents involving motor vehicles or airplanes
- Exposure to dangerous conditions or materials while engaged in occupational activities
- Actions of a criminal nature
- Death occurring while being part of a supervised event
Spouses, children and parents of wrongful death victims can be entitled to receive compensation. The rate of compensation should be fair regarding such costs as funeral expenses and the loss of the deceased’s projected amount of income. Additionally, recompense can be awarded for more personal things such as the loss of service, comfort and support.
Determining who is eligible for compensation can be a reasonably straightforward process. However, figuring out the amount of compensation which should be sought can be a more complicated endeavor. If you have lost a loved one, a Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney might be able to help you sort out the details involved in pursuing your needed compensation.