As a young adult who has suffered the loss of both parents in a car crash, you may wonder what you can do to obtain compensation for your loss. The compensation isn’t just for you, because it covers funeral costs and other end-of-life needs for your mother and father.
There are many things that happen after the death of a parent. If either of your parents have a will, then that may have information about the estate that has to be divided among family. If you are an only child, you may stand to inherit the entire estate, depending on the will. If your parents don’t have a will, it’s likely that you will receive the entire estate.
Besides having to deal with the legal side of your parents’ deaths, you’ll also need to look into a wrongful death claim. This claim is how you seek compensation for your parents’ death and reparations for any losses you’ve suffered. Here are a few things you may ask for.
1. You can seek compensation for the loss of a parent’s income
When a parent dies, you may lose a guardian, income and other benefits of living with your parents. The courts recognize the loss of a parent, so you can seek direct compensation for the financial losses related to your parent’s death.
2. You can seek compensation for your parents’ suffering
If your parents suffered before their deaths, you may be able to obtain pain and suffering damages for their trauma (and possibly yours). This income isn’t for medical bills or other financial losses. It’s a direct payment for pain and trauma.
3. You can seek compensation for financial losses
Financial losses such as funeral costs, repair costs for your parents’ vehicle, medical costs and other expenses can be recovered. These are added to the wrongful death claim as actual expenses you’ve had that should be repaid by the negligent party.
These are just a few ideas of what you can claim for after a parent’s death. It’s a difficult situation to have to go through, but there are things you can do to make the financial end easier.