If you have lost a loved one, you know that there is no compensation or amount of money that could replace the hole they have left in your life. If your loved one died due to the negligent acts of another party, you have a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions. While this will not ease the pain of your loss, seeking justice for your loved one can give you some closure.
When you suddenly lose someone due to the negligence of another party, it leaves you emotionally scarred, but it can also leave you financially drained. Unfortunately, many families face overwhelming financial debt after the untimely loss of their loved one. In most cases, the families are left to pay medical costs and funeral expenses. As if this added financial strain was not enough, the families must face this debt with a decrease in household income. The surviving spouse must find a way to continue to pay his or her bills on one income rather than two.
Filing a claim against the responsible party can help solve this financial burden. While some spouses may feel guilty over what they perceive as “profiting” from their loss, filing legal action can be a way to protect a family from the financial burdens that are sure to occur now that they have one less person contributing to paying the bills.
Some victims’ family members are entitled to receive compensation for lost wages, loss of companionship and medical & funeral expenses. Even if a loved one was someone other than a spouse, such as a child, parent or other family member, you may still have the legal right to hold those responsible accountable and seek compensation for various damages.
No one will be able to argue that the loss of your loved one was “right”; however, if the responsible party is not held accountable in some way, there is no message sent that the incident was “wrong.” When a company is guilty of negligence and that negligence causes a death, that company should be held accountable for its actions. If the family does not file legal action, the responsible party may never be held accountable and it may continue using the same practices. Those practices may result in the death or injury of another person. This is not right and it should not happen; however, many companies escape any liability because the family chooses not to take action.
By filing for damages, you can help to ensure that the company and the persons responsible for your loved one’s demise are held accountable.
An unfortunate reality of today’s world is that large companies are often more concerned about their profit margin than they are about the people for which their products and services are made for. When families affect a company’s profit margin, it can help to convince the company to consider public safety as it produces products or provides services. For example, if a company produces a product that is defective in its design or manufacturing process and that product causes your loved one’s demise, you can file a claim to collect damages. If successful, the responsible company may remove the defect or stop producing the defective product that resulted in their penalties.
Wrongful death lawsuits can convince companies to acknowledge when a product is unsafe for the public use. It also forces companies to invest in procedures and policies that prevent defective designs or unsafe manufacturing procedures from creating products that are dangerous to the public. For example, a wrongful death lawsuit proving that the failure to properly warn consumers of the dangers of using a product under certain circumstances or the failure to provide adequate instructions for the use of the produce were responsible for one or more deaths often forces a company to review its internal procedures to ensure that similar situations do not happen in the future.
If you have lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, contact a wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal options and hold that party accountable for your damages. Money will never replace your loved one; however, it can ease the financial burden for your family as well as force companies and people to be more responsible in the future.
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