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The death of a loved one is always a painful and unfortunate experience, especially when you know that the incident could have been prevented. Seeking compensation can help to ease some of the burden of expenses that exist after your loved one has passed away. Without the income of the deceased member, it can sometimes be difficult to cover basic necessities required for living such as food, rent, utilities, clothing, and more.

Compensation can help to pay for these bills which are still present and must be paid even after your loved one has died. Compensation that is awarded from a wrongful death lawsuit also serves to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions. This is especially true when the negligent behaviors that resulted in a wrongful death were motivated by profit. The personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers are dedicated to providing quality legal representation and fighting for your rights in order to ensure that the best possible results can be achieved for your case.

What is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death is when the death of an individual is caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another. Often the death can serve as a basis for civil action in seeking compensation for losses and damages. A person can sue for wrongful death in a number of different types of situations. These types of claims can include a broad range of situations including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective drugs
  • Nursing home neglect and abuse
  • Animal and pet attacks and bites
  • Accidents while working
  • Premises liability

Who can sue for Wrongful Death?

For most wrongful death cases, the spouse, children and parents of the deceased victim are usually able to make a claim for compensation. In the cases that involve medical malpractice, only the spouse and dependent children under the age of 25 can be compensated. Damages may be collected for expenses such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Expenses from the funeral
  • Companionship loss
  • Emotional pain and suffering

What Wrongful Death Is Not

Suing for wrongful death is not about getting revenge on the responsible parties. It is solely for the purpose of assistance with medical costs and funeral expenses that are incurred as a result of the death of the loved one. For an unfortunate situation that should have been prevented, wrongful death cases are a means for a family to continue on without their loved one. Many people can be affected by the occurrence of a wrongful death and these people are entitled to be compensated for their losses when the other party is at fault.

Family members are left to deal not only with the emotional pain of losing a loved one but also with the financial burdens that result in the aftermath. Most households are sustained by incomes from both spouses. When one of the sources of income suddenly disappears, it can make it extremely difficult for the surviving members to cover all the usual household expenses as well as expenses from the death.

If you have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligent acts, then you may be entitled to receive compensation for your losses. Contact the wrongful death attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers for more information on your rights and options.