There are countless details to consider when you lose a loved one, so families tend to be busy, overwhelmed, and very (understandably) emotional for a period of time after the loss occurs. Of course, your family member’s cause of death is often the last thing you want to think about at such a stressful time in your life, but if you feel that your loved one was the victim of wrongful conduct by another person or corporation (including medical malpractice), you should know that you may be entitled to certain “damages”.
Where these types of cases are concerned, “damages” most often refer to compensation for expenses such as hospital bills, funeral costs, and other costs associated with the person’s death.
There are two types of legal remedies available to the families of deceased victims of wrongful conduct: wrongful death and survivors’ action. Family members may pursue one of these, both separately, or both remedies as part of a single lawsuit.