Not only do family members face emotional challenges following the unexpected loss of a loved one, they may also face economic challenges as well. For example, recently, a Massachusetts man was held by authorities for drunken driving and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. The fatal accident, which took place in Worcester, resulted in the death of a delivery truck driver. The Jeep rear ended the delivery truck without stopping. Authorities were able to follow a trail of leaking fluid to the home of the driver of the Jeep. The driver’s field sobriety tests are in dispute because of claims that he suffered a head injury. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital and later died.
When a loved one dies as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another, the family members of the loved one may seek recourse through a wrongful death suit. For loved ones to recover compensation for their loss, which can include economic and emotional damages, there must be the death of a human being as a result of another’s negligence and the existence of family members who are suffering economic injury as a result of the loss. A wrongful death claim can arise out of an automobile accident that results in a fatality. This can include a fatal truck accident.
Economic damages for family members in a wrongful death claim include loss of support, services, lost prospect of inheritance and medical and funeral expenses. As a general rule, compensation for the loss of the loved one must be fair and just compensation for economic injuries resulting from the loved one’s death. A damage award includes interest from the date of the loss of the loved one.
Following the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another, emotional and economic struggles can mount. Wrongful death claims may provide some help for surviving family members.
Source: Boston.com, “Auburn man charged with causing fatal accident,” Author Unknown, Nov. 14, 2012