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Death happens every day. People pass away due to medical ailments, simple aging, or trauma. Though most of the time death is the result of natural or unavoidable causes, it can also result from another person’s negligence, recklessness, or malicious intent. In these situations, such a loss of life is known as “wrongful death,” and family members of the deceased have the right to seek damages from the responsible party.
Causes of Wrongful Death
Unfortunately, there are many different ways that an individual may lose his or her life in a wrongful death situation, including:
- Moving vehicle accident
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal actions
- Slip and fall (premises liability)
- Workplace dangers
- Occupational exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances
Though these are some of the most common causes of wrongful death, there are still many more ways that someone may lose his or her life as a result of someone else’s poor behavior.
Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
If you believe that you have a valid wrongful death case, then you should familiarize yourself with the damages you may be able to recover by taking legal action. Though they may vary depending on specific circumstances, filing a wrongful death lawsuit may help you recover:
- Related medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Pain & suffering
- Loss of future wages and benefits
- Loss of companionship or parental guidance
Those who have lost their loved ones as the result of criminal actions may also be eligible to receive punitive damages.