The legal system seeks to protect, and provide options for, family members coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one.
A fatal accident in a nearby Massachusetts’ community recently resulted in the death of a pedestrian. A 77-year old woman was the victim of the fatal pedestrian accident. The victim was transported to the hospital where she died from the injuries she suffered in the accident. The driver involved in the fatal crash was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for operating without a license. The accident remains under investigation and the State Police crash reconstruction unit is assisting.
Families of a lost loved one, following a fatal accident, may soon find that both emotional and financial challenges await family members. Because of this, a wrongful death claim may allow families who have endured the loss of a loved one to recover damages for the loss. A wrongful death cause of action can sometimes be brought against a party liable for the fatal accident if that party’s negligence caused the fatal accident.
Damages that may be recovered a fatal accident will depend on the variety of factors, including the circumstances of the fatal accident and characteristics of the victim. Family members of the victim of a fatal accident may be able to recover compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services, loss of companionship and pain and suffering damages. The nature and extent of damages will depend on the unique circumstances of the individual loss.
Family members face many challenges in the wake of the unexpected loss of a loved one. A trained personal injury attorney can help family members of victims better understand the rights and options of family members following a tragic loss.
Source: Arlington Patch, “Police Identify Victim of Thursday’s Fatal Pedestrian Crash,” John Waller, Dec. 20, 2013