There is no worse feeling than finding out that your spouse has been killed in a crash. It’s totally unexpected. You may have a family with children, or you might rely on them as a breadwinner. In just an instant, everything changes. It’s you who will need to handle many of the aftereffects of your loved one’s death.
After a wrongful death, you could be entitled to compensation
After your loved one dies as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. With this kind of lawsuit, you’re aiming to hold the other party responsible for causing your spouse’s death. This is a civil lawsuit, so the end goal is to get compensated fairly. A separate criminal trial may take place, or the investigation may show that one is not warranted.
If you want to pursue a lawsuit against the other party, you should first sit down with your attorney and discuss the process to file a claim with the other party’s insurance. If they don’t have insurance, then you will need to file a claim against them directly. If they do have insurance, your attorney will negotiate with the agents to try to get you a fair settlement. In the majority of cases, claims are settled outside of court so you don’t ever need to make an appearance at a trial.
Our website has more information about making a claim after a loved one is killed in a traffic accident. Nothing you do will bring them back, but your actions now can make your future life easier. Your family’s life is changing, but this is one thing that you can do to help cover medical costs, lost wages, funeral expenses and other unexpected bills related to the fatal accident.