Family members of victims of fatal accidents should be familiar with how certain legal protections work. A wrongful death claim can provide assistance and relief to families suffering financial and emotional damages following the wrongful loss of their loved one.
Who can pursue a wrongful death claim for action?
A wrongful death claim for damages is available to help surviving family members when a loved one has been wrongfully taken from them. It can be brought by a surviving family member such as a spouse, child or parent. If there is no surviving spouse, child or parent, the representative for the estate can bring a claim to recover damages for the benefit of the victim’s surviving kin.
Timeline for pursuing a wrongful death claim for damages
In general, a wrongful death claim for damages needs to be brought within two years. However, there may be circumstances under which the statute of limitations may be extended to 5 years. It is important that these deadlines are strictly adhered to.
A wrongful death claim can help family members recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages. It can also help hold the negligent party responsible for the harm the family has suffered.