Who Collects the Award for Damages at the Close of a Wrongful Death Suit?
As with all specific factors regarding a wrongful death suit, states vary on who can collect in a wrongful death case. Most states allow children and spouses of the deceased to collect and some states also allow parents of deceased children to collect. A personal representative of the estate is allowed to file a wrongful death suit in order to collect payments for medical and funeral expenses which would be paid out of the estate.
Wrongful death occurs when an individual is fatally injured due to misconduct or through the negligence of another person, company, or entity. In such cases, immediate family members, including parents, spouses, and children, are almost always eligible to file the claim. Minors who are filing a claim may need an adult guardian to take the wrongful death lawsuit to court. Some states also permit additional family members, such as stepparents, grandparents, and dependents, to file suit.
In addition to the severe emotional trauma caused by a sudden death, there are other factors that weigh heavily on the shoulders of the dependents. If an injustice has occurred, grief may be prolonged. Anticipated earnings until the expected time of retirement, as well as medical bills and other expenses, is an issue which needs to be addressed.
Losing a loved one as the result of someone’s carelessness is a devastating and life altering event. Although no amount of money can ever truly compensate you and your family for the loss of your family member, it can help you obtain the compensation you need to cover medical, funeral, and other expenses and get back on your feet. Call the Selinger Law Group at 1-800-928-9445 or fill out the online form here.
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