Wrongful Death: How Does a Devastated Family Move Forward with a Lawsuit?

By Peter DePaolis

As we reported on Monday, if your loved one is killed in a vehicle accident involving a reckless driver, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. moving-cars-300x171

Each year, more than 30,000 Americans are killed in car accidents. These deaths devastate families, causing insurmountable loss. While no amount of money can ever bring a family member back following a crash, compensation can help alleviate issues surrounding burial costs and medical bills.

In addition to these items, you can seek compensation for:

  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of job benefits

Recently, WUSA-TV had a heartbreaking story about two families who are struggling to pay for burial costs following the deaths of two women.

According to the station, the women were killed in an Oxon Hill crash when they were riding in a vehicle that was struck from behind at a stoplight. Four people were killed in the crash, including two mothers, Tameika Curtis and Typhani Wilkerson, who left behind 10 children.

A local funeral home director reached out to the family to offer services, including caskets, embalming and burial, but said that his small business is struggling to pay for the astronomical costs associated with the services.

Who Should I Speak to If My Loved One Is Killed in a Crash?

Keep in mind, wrongful death cases involve complex legal issues, so you should work with attorneys who have the experience and the knowledge to assess your case.

Our attorneys understand that the grief associated with the death of a family member will never go away. However, we will help you obtain your maximum recovery under the law, while providing you with compassionate counsel.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Sponsored by: Attorney William P. Lightfoot

Did you know? An average funeral in America can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000.

Source: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/2014/10/14/fatal-oxon-hill-crash-burial-costs/17266271/

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.