This blog recently discussed the importance of knowing the time limits associated with a personal injury claim for damages. This is also true when a victim has been killed in a fatal car accident and their family pursues the legal remedies available to them when a loved one has been wrongfully killed.
When another party, such as a negligent driver, has caused a car accident that results in injuries or death, they can turn the lives of innocent victims and their families upside down in an instant. Family members may be able to seek damages for the harm they have suffered through a wrongful death claim for damages. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members.
Surviving family members may be able to receive compensation for medical and funeral expenses; the loss of support and services; lost prospect of inheritance; and other damages as well depending on the characteristics of the victim and the unique circumstances of the situation. As is true of any other type of personal injury claim for damages, familiarity with the time limits associated with a wrongful death claim are essential because a failure to honor them can result in the inability to pursue damages.
Family members of loved ones lost in a fatal car accident must be aware of legal options available to protect them as they struggle without their loved one. An unexpected car accident can cost victims and their family members in many ways which is why they should be familiar with the legal options available to them.