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I lost a loved one in an accident - what do I do now?

Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult experiences any person can go through, especially if it is a completely unexpected loss. It will always be a long and emotional process of recovery when you lose someone in a vehicle accident or because of the injuries of an accident, and you are probably wondering "Where do I go from here?"

Though the person could never be replaced, you can recover damages and compensation for the loss of your loved one. If you have lost someone in an accident, here are some important things you should know moving forward.

Death caused by negligence

Negligence is the violation of standard conduct that is in place to avoid harm or damage to others. Essentially, this means people are expected by law to behave in certain ways that don't put other people in danger, and "negligence" is when someone doesn't adhere to this conduct. In the case of driving, negligence can be something as simple as running a red light or driving while intoxicated.

If your loved one was killed due to negligence or suffered injuries due to negligence that later caused death, you can bring forth a "wrongful death case."

Wrongful death cases: what you should know

There are many types of accidents that can constitute a wrongful death case. A wrongful death case can be brought forth if death was involved, the cause was negligence or intent to harm and surviving family members suffer financially because of the loss. "Financial suffering" doesn't just refer to losing someone who had a job that was supporting the family; it can also refer to finances that will have to make up for losing a person, such as losing a stay-at-home parent, for example.

There also must be a representative for the deceased person, which is either based on the person's will or it can be a legal representative.

You can receive compensation from a wrongful death case for the following things:

• Loss of support

• Lost potential inheritance

• Hospital/medical bills for injury/treatment

• Funeral expenses

• Administrative expenses needed for injury

Going through the loss of a loved one is extremely emotional, but it is also important to think about whether legal action is an option. If you lost a loved one to another person's negligence, ask an attorney about next steps and what the best options for your family are.

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