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Q: What is mean by the term “wrongful death”?

A: The term “wrongful death” usually refers to an accidental death which is caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Even though the death is usually unintentional, the defendant is responsible for providing monetary compensation to the victim’s survivors.

A West Palm Beach wrongful death can occur due to a variety of different reasons and circumstances. Some common reasons for a wrongful death include:

  • Automobile accident
  • Train accident
  • Truck accident
  • Pedestrian accident
  • Drowning
  • Construction accident
  • Falling from a height
  • Medical malpractice
  • Drug mistake
  • Defective product

The victim’s survivors may be compensated for:

  • Medical expenses as a result of the injury
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of benefits, such as insurance and retirement
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Pain and suffering

The survivors may also be compensated for services that the deceased provided, such as housekeeping or transportation.

When an adult dies, it is much easier for the court to quantify the value of the loss, as they can consider the wages earned and expected as well as the deceased’s contribution to his or her family. When a minor child passes away, it is not as simple, as children do not normally contribute to household income They do contribute, however, in other, more meaningful ways. This is the type of case in which the loss of companionship and affection is weighed heavily.

Wrongful death cases are very complex, and involve a variety of different factors. If your husband, wife, child, sibling, or parent has suffered a wrongful death, contact a West Palm Beach wrongful death attorney at Fetterman and Associates. As always, the initial consultation is free.

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