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Wrongful death legal protections are an important legal resource that can help surviving family members of lost loved ones who have been wrongfully killed in a fatal accident. The unexpected and wrongful loss of a loved one because of another party’s negligence can be overwhelming to take which is why family members have legal protections available to them.

A wrongful death legal claim can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one’s estate for the benefit of surviving family members. A spouse has a year to file a wrongful death claim and other family members may do so after a year with the spouse’s permission. The recovery of damages through a wrongful death claim can help surviving family members with their financial and emotional damages including medical and funeral expenses; loss of support and services; lost prospect of inheritance and other damages as well. These are damages surviving family members may need to help them through the unexpected loss.

The unexpected loss of a loved one can leave family members facing financial and emotional challenges they were not prepared to face during one of life’s most difficult times. Wrongful death legal protections may be available in circumstances of car accidents; truck accidents; traumatic accidents leading to traumatic brain injuries and death; and in other circumstances as well.

Wrongful death legal protections can help hold the negligent party responsible for the untimely loss of a loved one accountable and help protect family members of the victim. As a result, family members who have lost their loved one in a car accident need to be familiar with the legal protections available to them.