In personal injury law, the unexpected death of a loved one is always a tragic event. The loss of a husband, wife or other family member often has disastrous consequences for the entire family. If the death was caused by the negligence of another person, the law allows the family to recover monetary damages.
While a monetary damage award cannot replace the life of a loved one, in many cases such compensation is the only way to provide for the financial future of the family. Such suits also help to persuade companies and individuals to act in a safer and more responsible manner so as to prevent such tragedies in the future.
Wrongful death lawsuits must generally be filed within the time limits prescribed by the state where the death or fatal injury occurred.