Losing a spouse in a car accident can be one of the most devastating experiences a person can go through. Not only do you have to cope with the emotional pain, but you also have to figure out how to support your family financially.
This can be especially difficult if your spouse was the primary breadwinner. If the car accident was due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation that can help you get through this tough time.
Proving a wrongful death claim
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action brought by the surviving family members of a person who died due to negligence or misconduct. The lawsuit’s purpose is to recover damages for the loss of support and companionship the deceased person would have provided if they had not been killed.
To win a case, it must be proven that the other driver was at fault. Witness testimony, photos or videos of the accident, and the police report can provide evidence that the accident was due to the other driver’s negligence. Medical records and expert testimony can show that the car accident was the cause of your loved one’s death.
If successful, the lawsuit can provide financial compensation for medical and funeral expenses and pain and suffering. While no amount of money can ever truly make up for the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can help surviving family members cope with the financial aftermath of their tragedy.