When a loved one dies unexpectedly in an accident, dealing with funeral arrangements, medical bills and inheritance on top of grief can be overwhelming. It may not even occur to many people in such a situation to sue for wrongful death, but it’s important that the option is considered. Here’s why.
A funeral, burial and headstone on average costs between $7,000 and $10,000, with a huge range outside of those numbers. Most people don’t have that kind of cash just laying around, and if a death was unexpected and sudden, the deceased may not have made arrangements to help cover those costs.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help the survivors of the deceased pay for costs associated with the funeral and burial without having to dig too deep into their own pockets.
On top of funeral and burial expenses, there may be many other bills associated with a love one’s sudden passing due to an accident. Unpaid medical bills for care received, lawyers’ fees associated with wills and inheritance, and other bills left after a loved one is gone can add up quickly.
A wrongful death lawsuit can help survivors pay for these unexpected and unplanned-for expenses without putting themselves in financial jeopardy.
While there are plenty of expenses associated with the sudden passing of a loved one due to an accident, there’s also the loss of future income to consider. When an adult wage earner passes away due to an accident, expenses to be recovered can include loss of income as well as loss of services he or she was providing, such as parental guidance, home keeping or childcare.
The factors that will be considered during a case include the age, character, health, life expectancy, intelligence and earning capacity of the deceased, and how the loss of that specific life will affect the lives of survivors.
Deciding whether or not to file a wrongful death claim is a difficult decision compounded by the fact that the decision must be made during a very difficult time. Our attorneys at Grover Law understand and will respectfully, professionally, and swiftly analyze your case and help you decide how to proceed.
And because we know you’re already footing a lot of bills, our case evaluations are always free. If you’re looking to speak with an attorney about a wrongful death claim, give us a call or visit our website for more information.