Wrongful death is a term used to describe a death caused by someone else’s intentional or reckless wrongdoing or negligence. A wrongful death may be the result of a pedestrian accident, car accident, bike accident, third degree burn, nursing home misconduct, commercial truck accident, defective product, etc. At D’Amico Law LLC, we have extensive experience building strong and compelling cases against the responsible party to help the victim’s family begin to heal from their loss.
In the event of a loved one’s death caused by someone’s wrongful act or negligence, the victim’s closest family members are able to seek monetary compensation for their loss. Although money cannot compensate for the grief and pain experienced by the loss of a loved one, it does provide financial assistance when it is most needed.
Who Can Be Held Accountable for a Wrongful Death?
Any company, individual, or government entity can be held accountable for a death resulting from a reckless or intentional act. Federal law recognizes that a wrongful death often causes significant economic and non-economic damages, making the ‘at fault’ party that caused or contributed to the wrongful death liable for punitive damages.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
A wrongful death lawyer can help family members file a claim against the responsible party if their relationship to the deceased was that of a:
- Spouse or domestic partner
- Personal representative of the deceased’s estate
Anyone, including a stepchild, a putative spouse, and their children, who had been financially dependent on the deceased, may also be eligible to file a claim for wrongful death.
Any act of carelessness, negligence, or recklessness that resulted in the death of an individual may be considered a case of wrongful death. Failing to act when a life is threatened can also be considered a wrongful act.
Types of Compensatory Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Attorney Michael D’Amico can help you make a claim for compensatory damages for:
- Loss of financial support due to the person’s death. This includes wages and other sources of income
- Loss of comfort, companionship, emotional support, and parental care
- Economic benefits including the cost of medical care, funeral, and burial expenses
You may be eligible to recover damages for medical bills, property damage, and lost income incurred as a result of the victim’s death. You may also be eligible to claim punitive damages in many cases.
We will help you recover damages for the loss of your loved one in a wrongful death lawsuit. We understand the grief and pain associated with a loved one’s passing and we are here to help guide you through the legal process of a wrongful death claim. Contact us at 203-824-2969 for a no cost initial consultation.
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