The loss of a loved one is the most painful things a person can endure. Along with the emotional impact a death has on you and your family, an unexpected death can be financially devastating, especially if the person was one of the primary earners in a household. When a death comes about as the result of the recklessness or negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation.
Wrongful Death Compensation
When someone dies unexpectedly, the loved ones left behind incur the costs of burial and funeral expenses. Those may not be the only expenses that come with a wrongful death, though. If the deceased spends any time in the hospital prior to death, there will be medical expenses, and, if the deceased was a primary earner, there will be lost wages as well. In most cases, a person can seek compensation for:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses, such as emergency treatments
- Loss of income and retirement benefits
- Loss of care provided by the deceased (if you have to start paying for daycare, for instance)
- Loss of potential inheritance
- Emotional distress due to the death
Wrongful death claims can be filed by any individual who was directly impacted by the person’s death, including immediate family memebers and dependents.
San Antonio Wrongful Death Attorney
The financial impact of a wrongful death can come on more quickly than many people realize. While you are still mourning the death of your loved one, the bills keep coming in. Those payments that come due on a monthly basis, such as your mortgage and car payments, must be paid, or you risk losing your home or your vehicles. That’s why it’s important to start a wrongful death claim as soon as you feel emotionally ready. By seeking compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one as soon as possible, you can get the money you need to keep paying your bills on time, keeping your mortgage and car payments current, and your income steady as you adjust to life without your loved one.
Hector Q. Martinez is a San Antonio wrongful death lawyer serving Bexar and surrounding counties. When you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or negligence of another party, you may have the right to compensation for expenses incurred, lost income, and emotional suffering. Though, money won’t bring your loved one back, it can give you the sturdy base you need to heel and move on in your life.