When someone you love has been taken from you suddenly, the grief can be overpowering. You will require some time to heal and become accustomed to your new life.
Nothing can replace that special person, but you might be entitled to compensation that would help you cover some of the medical expenses and funeral costs. If that individual was the primary or sole provider for your family, the compensation could also include lost income.
Wrongful death claims are usually brought by a family member of the deceased against a defendant whose actions, whether intentional or not, caused or contributed to the death of the person who’s gone. If you’re considering such an action, here are a few things you should know before you get started.
1. Criminal cases are tried separately from the wrongful death suit
Many wrongful death lawsuits arise from a criminal act, whether it was murder or drunk driving. OJ Simpson, for example, was sued for the deaths of Ronald Goldman and his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
When a death is caused by an intentional act, criminal charges are likely to address and include that aspect. However, those proceedings and all the testimony and evidence in your case must be presented separately.