|Updated: 4/13/2007 5:36 pm
||Published: 4/13/2007 5:36 pm
The loss of a loved one is a tragic event. Although no amount of money can ever replace a parent, spouse or child, you are guaranteed certain rights under the law if the wrongful conduct of another has resulted in the death of a loved one. The law recognizes that the death of a family member caused by the fault of another may result in financial hardship, which may include medical expenses, a loss of earnings and support. In addition to financial losses, the law permits you to make a claim for the intangible aspects of your relationship, including the loss of companionship, attention, comfort, love, affection, guidance and protection. Under our system of justice, a family is entitled to reimbursement for these intangible losses as well as lost earnings or medical expenses. In order to assess the value of a wrongful death claim, it is necessary to determine the deceased person's age, sex, health, physical and mental characteristics, occupation, contributions to the family, and the person's relationship with other family members. Damages may be recoverable for the past and future losses. Most cases must be brought within two years and under some circumstances, within six months to a year. Because delay can jeopardize your claim, you should have an attorney who specializes in these cases review your claim as soon as possible.