A wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of the negligence of another person from an accident or medical malpractice.
When a wrongful death occurs, the “survivors” of the deceased person are able to obtain compensation for the damages caused to them because of the death, as well as damages for the estate of the deceased person.
The law defines “survivors” as the deceased persons husband or wife, mother or father, children and anyone who received support and services from the deceased person.
The compensation that can be obtained by the survivors is specified in the Wrongful Death statute.
Generally, if the deceased person is survived by a spouse, then compensation related to pain and suffering for the loss can only be obtained by the spouse, and children under the age of 25.
If the deceased person is not survived by a spouse, then children of any age can obtain compensation related to pain and suffering for the loss.
The damages available to the estate of the deceased person include funeral expenses, medical bills incurred after the accident but prior to death, lost income and loss of net accumulations.
Robert G. Corirossi has been representing survivors of wrongful death victims since 1982.
For a free consultation with a Wrongful Death Lawyer, you can contact Mr. Corirossi at (305)442-8850 X 221.