Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives. – Isabel Norton
Death is always a tragic event, whether the result of disease, accident or trauma, causing the survivors to go through a number of emotions. When a death is due to another’s actions or inactions, anger almost always follows.
While nothing short of turning back the clock can truly compensate a family for the death of a family member, the survivors may be entitled to money for their loved one’s wrongful death.
A wrongful death claim may be brought by a personal representative or special administrator for the benefit of the surviving spouse and/or the deceased’s next of kin, usually the adult children or a child’s parents.
A wrongful death claim, not as a result of a workers’ compensation accident, is only for the “pecuniary loss” sustained by a surviving spouse, children or other “next of kin”. This does not include any conscious pain and suffering, medical expenses and related items suffered or incurred by the person prior to his or her death. These items are a separate claim, which is often brought in connection with a wrongful death case. Money received from a wrongful death claim passes outside of the estate and is not subject to death-related taxes.
Prior clients of Lapin Law Offices have indicated they truly appreciated our assistance through the complicated process of obtaining compensation for the loss of a family member. The help permitted them to focus on what was most important, grieving their loss.
There are certain times and other requirements before a wrongful death claim may be brought. An attorney can help during these difficult times to ensure no mistakes are made regarding a wrongful death claim.
If a loved one was killed or died due to someone’s wrongful conduct please contact Lapin Law Offices for a free consultation to learn about your rights.