Filing a Wrongful Death Claim When the Deceased Did Not Have a JobYou may have a family member who died a tragic death that you believe was a wrongful death. How do you know for sure? A wrongful death is a death that has been brought about due to the irresponsibility, recklessness, negligence or intentional behavior of another party. This may have been one individual, more than one individual, an entity or a company.
You know that nothing can give back the life of your family member, but you would like to see the party or parties responsible for the wrongful death of your family member held accountable for their death. Have you considered filing a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death lawsuits can compensate the family of a breadwinner who suffered a wrongful death due to the negligence of another person, but what if the deceased did not work or has never worked? Are you allowed to file a wrongful death claim? And if you are allowed to file a wrongful death claim, is it a good idea? What damages could you hope to recover?
Wrongful death laws and statutes vary from state to state. There are a minority of states that will not allow you to file a wrongful death claim for non-economic damages. These are damages for losses that are not financial. However, the majority of states will now permit you to file a wrongful death claim for recovery of non-economic damages. So this means that even if the deceased was not working and earning an income, most states recognize that their death does cause your family loss.
For instance, what if the mother of the family dies? She may not have been supporting the family economically, but no one would argue that her death does not cause the family substantial non-economic loss. The good news is that most states now agree.
The best thing to do is to go to www.personalinjuryplace.com where the attorneys will know what the wrongful death statutes and laws are in your state. The attorneys at www.personalinjuryplace.com will be able to advise you on whether it would be wise to proceed with a wrongful death claim.
If your family member was an adult who could have been employed at the time of their wrongful death or a homemaker, even though they may never have had a job, your family may, under certain circumstances, be able to recover damages.
Personal injury lawyers can review your wrongful death claim and help you estimate the loss of wages that you family member might have earned in the future or what it would cost to replace the services that are done by a homemaker. Do not hesitate. There are time limits on wrongful death statutes and laws.