There is no way to avoid the pain and heartache that lingers for families who have lost an innocent loved one suddenly and in a shocking way. Along with the shock and disbelief of bereavement, family members face added challenges such as funeral expenses, grief counseling and paying bills with less income.
The family may be left with bills for medical care and transportation. Extra childcare and housekeeping help may be necessary to take care of things at home. In the initial stages following the accident, working family members often suffer income loss, due to extended time off from work. If the deceased loved one was a wage earner, that income can no longer be counted on. The future of family members who have lost the love, companionship, guidance and financial support of a loved one will be completely altered.
When someone is injured because of the careless or intentional actions of another person, the injured person can claim for their losses. When injuries lead to death, surviving family members can launch a wrongful death lawsuit to help cover personal loss, damages and financial costs. In most non-criminal automobile related cases, financial damages are covered by the at fault drivers insurance company. Additionally, the persons responsible for the injuries may be held personally accountable for damages. Depending on the circumstances involved, other 3rd party individuals may also be held liable.
When an injury or accident results in death, a family member is eligible to make a wrongful death claim. This may be made by a child, surviving spouse, siblings and in some cases grandparents. If a dependent child becomes orphaned he will need support to order to launch a wrongful death lawsuit. A dependent child might be a minor or an adult with a disability legally preventing him from acting on his/her own behalf. In such cases a relative, a guardian or another litigation friend, is called upon to act for the dependent child.
Protecting the rights of the loved ones left behind
There is no way to take the place of a loving parent in a child’s life or the companionship and support of a missing partner. The loss of a child is heart breaking and life altering for those left behind. Financial benefits are awarded in an attempt to make some of life’s journey easier for those who have lost a loved one, due to a accident causing wrongful death. Success in receiving benefits is dependent upon losses suffered, ability to make claim within the normally accepted time limits or time limits regarding a government entity and quality of legal representation.
The Kahler Personal Injury Law Firm helps clients obtain the rightful damages for losses due to the accident and death. We work collaboratively with a team of legal and forensic specialists, accountants and appropriate experts to determine the income the loved one would have realistically contributed over time. Regarding personal and psychological compensation, numerous short and long term factors are considered.
Support and understanding
Kahler Lawyers and staff have seen the impact accidental death can bring to families. Our lawyers are compassionate and patient in their approach. Legal representation is adapted to the specific needs and requirements of each family. We are prepared to meet with you at one of our offices or in a location of your choice to discuss your options and answer your questions. It won’t make life perfect, but decisions made now can help protect your rights and limit life’s financial uncertainty for those left behind. There is no charge or obligation involved with this meeting.