A wrongful death action is when the survivors of a person who died due to the negligence of another sue the negligent party. This civil action allows those who are dependent on the deceased to have a way to support themselves.
Damages that are available in a wrongful death case are separated into two categories: damages related from the time of the incident to the time of death, and damages related to the losses experienced after the deceased's death. Those damages in the former category may include medical expenses, emotional and physical suffering, lost wages, and funeral expenses. Those damages in the latter category may include the money the deceased would have earned had they not experienced an untimely death and the loss of companionship of the deceased. Those who may be able to benefit from a wrongful death action are spouses, children, and parents
In order to determine who may be able to claim damages and what damages are appropriate, it is essential that you contact an experienced wrongful death attorney to help you navigate the law during this painful time. Those bringing a wrongful death claim need time to grieve and mourn and the attorneys of Portner & Shure are able to ease the burden and stress by fully taking care of our clients' legal needs.