"Accidents happen," as the saying goes, but what happens if an "accident" was caused by another party who was acting in a negligent or reckless manner and it led to the death of one of your family members? It could have been a motorcycle accident, a car accident or even medical malpractice.
What do you do when you no longer have that family member in your life? For some people, the legal option is to pursue a wrongful death claim.
However, in doing so, complications can arise. This is because it can be difficult for families to convince a jury of the importance of the role played by the deceased person in their life. Sure, they can probably quite easily show how much of an income the person earned from employment prior to the fatal accident in question, but what about other aspects of the deceased person beyond their income?
The key to the case might be to make an effort to show the decision-makers who your relative really was. In some cases, this will mean showing photographs of the deceased person to the jury, or even videos that include displays of the person's personality and effect on other family members. By "bringing the person to life" in this way, it could help the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit maximize the potential damages in the case.
At our law firm, we understand that families who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident are grieving, and they want answers and even retribution. Through legal means, they may be able to hold the negligent party responsible and recover financial compensation. For more information about how our law firm might be able to help, please visit the wrongful death overview section of our website.