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Damages for Wrongful Death

The death of an individual as a result of negligent or wilful act of some other person is known as wrongful death. In such circumstances the heir of the deceased person or some of their beneficiaries, has the right to claim compensation for the wrongful death of their loved ones. The compensation that these beneficiaries are liable to receive is known as damages for wrongful death.

The primary aim of the damages for wrongful death that are offered to the claimant is to secure their financial standing in times of crisis, when they have lost someone who is very dear to them. Along with providing financial security these compensations also help in tackling with the anguished mental framework which has resulted from the wrongful death.

The damages for wrongful death depend on the relationship that the claimant and the deceased used to share. Damages for the wrongful death are available to the parents if they lose their child in any form of fatal accidents. Wrongful death damages are also given to the spouses on the loss of their companions. These compensations are also made available to the children on the loss of their parents. The damages depend on the age of the children who have been affected by the death of their parents. In many cases the wrongful death damages include inheritance loss and other punitive damages as well. Normally the wrongful death claims includes all the expenses regarding medical and funeral processes.

Claming the damages for the wrongful death is very different from all  the other forms of claims as in this compensations claim the lawsuit is not filed by the injured but the dependent who has been economically impaired as a result of the wrongful death.

Three of the most common elements of the wrongful death that make it claims feasible include:

  • The fatal accident that resulted in the wrongful death was due to the negligence of some other individual.
  • The deceased was in no way responsible for the death they suffered.
  • The deceased has left behind spouse, children and dependents who have been financial impaired as a result of the wrongful death.

However, there are few things that should be followed to ensure that you get the damages for the wrongful death of your dear ones properly without any legal hindrances. These include the filing of the compensation claim on time. After the passage of specified time you might not be legally eligible to get the compensation you are claiming. In case if you discover about the wrongful death after a long time you need not worry as there are laws that help you in such circumstances. If there are multiple beneficiaries who are claiming damages fro wrongful death then the lawsuit needs to be filed jointly or else no one will be eligible for the compensations. Taking professional guidance would obviously help you in getting the compensation.

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Mr W was working as an electrician in a poorly lit cellar when he fell onto breeze blocks left by the contractor. He suffered a knee injury that prevented him from pursuing his dream of setting up a business on his own. Mr W was awarded £57,000.00
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Mrs W of Portsmouth

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Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
Wrist Injury
Serious Neck Injury
Serious Hand Injury
Ankle Injury
Serious Knee Injury
Serious Head Injury

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case