There is nothing more tragic than the untimely and unnatural death of a loved one. Feelings of helplessness, frustration and anger often arise. The question usually arises whether there is someone responsible for the death, and if so, what can be done about it. Most people tend to feel guilty thinking about such things and about the idea of seeking compensation for such a loss. This is not only normal, but completley human. While money can never come close to compensating for such a loss, death inevitably causes real damage to survivors, and the legal system exists in part to attempt to reconcile for such damages.
Accidental death of course can occur without others being at fault. However, when there appears to be a death which is the result of the negligent or intentional acts of others, then it is not only appropriate, but important to hold those responsible parties accountable for their acts. Timely investigation of the facts surrounding a death is most important, for evidence of the cause of death must be preserved in order to pursue any type of claim.
Under laws established in every state, survivors of the dead are entitled to compensation for loss of support, care, society, love and affection. This is true whether the deceased is young or old, a parent or child. Consultation with an experienced trial attorney can assist in evaluating whether a wrongful death claim exists, and how to place a monetary value on such a claim.