Those who have lost loved ones as the result of an accident, defective product or medical malpractice usually have many questions. Survivors mainly want answers surrounding the circumstances involved in the untimely death. The biggest questions are typically, "Who was at fault, and could the death been prevented?"
If the answer points to the negligence of another party, then the death could have most certainly been avoided. The surviving family members are then not only faced with the trauma of losing a relative, but they are also reeling from the fact that his or her death could have been prevented. Moreover, the surviving family will also likely have a host of financial issues that can adversely affect their lives and their future.
Medical bills, end-of-life expenses and other costs associated with fatalities can mount quickly. If the decedent was a primary breadwinner, the family may be left without the adequate income source needed to make ends meet and sustain their level of living.
However, for relatives of those who were killed in accidents by unsafe products or through the negligence of medical professionals, assistance is available in the form of wrongful death claims. These claims will be filed with a civil court and will seek to hold those accountable who were responsible for the premature and preventable tragedy. In successfully navigated claims, the relatives of the deceased can set up an estate on behalf of the decedent and receive financial compensation to help out with unexpected bills, loss of income and other monetary costs as well as punitive damages for the undue pain and suffering the survivors are now experiencing.
Anyone who is the surviving relative of someone who lost his or her life from the negligent or wrongful acts of another party would need to consult with an attorney who is experienced in wrongful death cases. After reviewing the case, the attorney can offer advice regarding the survivor's rights and options on how best to proceed.