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A fatal car accident may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit

No one expects their loved one to be killed unexpectedly in an accident. These are devastating situations that no one can prepare for. When the accident is caused by a negligent driver, a wrongful death lawsuit may be necessary.

When a loved one dies because of another person's negligence, it is tragic. In these situations, the victim's family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal representative of the victim's estate must bring the wrongful death lawsuit. In order to bring a wrongful death lawsuit, there are elements that must be present. These include the death of a person, the death must have been caused by someone else's negligence, the surviving family members have suffered monetary loss, and the deceased's estate has a personal representative.

When a Cary area resident loses their loved one in an accident, they may not know what to do. They are most likely facing extreme emotional and financial trauma. Besides having to deal with the huge impact of losing a loved one, a family may also be facing unexpected expenses. There may be medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost wages that amount to thousands of dollars. In these situations, a legal professional who specializes in personal injury may be able to help the grieving family obtain the financial resources they deserve. A wrongful death lawsuit can help a family recover financial damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering, among others.

A wrongful death lawsuit, although existing because of tragic circumstances, can help a family get back on their feet. The unexpected death of a loved one can leave a family's financial circumstances in shambles. Having an attorney help with this unexpected situation can help a family hold a negligent party responsible.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death," accessed on Feb. 24, 2018

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