Losing a family member can be a traumatic event, especially when it happens as a result of someone’s negligence. It can be emotionally overwhelming to deal with the grief and the financial impact of your loss. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, a wrongful death claim may help you handle your financial losses and protect your family from further hardship.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a legal term used to describe the circumstances when someone loses their life due to the negligent actions of another. Wrongful death can occur in a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a pedestrian accident, and even in a slip and fall accident. Because the victim of wrongful death is deceased, a claim is typically brought by a representative of the estate, usually a family member. In a wrongful death claim, it must be proven that the victim’s death resulted from someone’s negligence and that that person or entity is liable for damages.
Why Should You Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim?
If you are a victim’s spouse, child, or parent, you should consider pursuing a wrongful death claim if you believe your family member has died as the result of someone’s negligence. If your loved one dies, especially if they are the primary breadwinner in the family, you will likely sustain some economic losses. You will lose your loved one’s income and future earnings. You may have medical bills and funeral expenses. In addition to economic losses, you have also lost the support, companionship, and guidance of your loved one.
Wrongful death claims are available to ensure that the family does not face undue hardship as the result of their loved one’s death. They can bring you some closure as you go through the grieving process. Your loved one cannot be replaced, but the impact of their death can be lessened somewhat by pursuing compensation from a liable party.
Contact a Tampa Bay Wrongful Death Law Firm
If your loved one has died as the result of someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced wrongful death attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the families of wrongful death victims. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.