Losing a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another is an overwhelming tragedy. Sometimes, seeking justice through legal means may be your only option. But what if the deceased never held a job? Can you still bring a wrongful death action for damages and compensation?
Wrongful death lawsuits explained
Wrongful death lawsuits are civil actions brought by the surviving family members or beneficiaries of an individual who died because of another party’s wrongful act or negligence. The deceased’s employment status may affect certain aspects of the claim. However, if the victim never held a job, it does not automatically disqualify the family from pursuing a wrongful death action.
Financial dependency and noneconomic damages
It is crucial to demonstrate that the surviving family members were financially dependent on the deceased. But take note that financial dependency can take various forms. Examples may include providing financial support for household expenses, child care or other essential needs.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, aim to provide compensation for the intangible losses experienced due to the wrongful death. Examples include:
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering endured by the surviving family members
Several factors can influence the outcome of a wrongful death claim when the deceased never held a job. These include:
- the specific laws and regulations of the jurisdiction
- the circumstances surrounding the death
- the ability to establish financial dependence and emotional loss
Seeking legal advice from a wrongful death attorney is crucial to understand the specific laws applicable to your situation. They can help build a compelling case based on the available evidence.
Demonstrating financial dependency and the emotional impact of the loss are essential elements in building a successful wrongful death claim. Although the deceased never held a job, it does not automatically prevent the surviving family members from pursuing their legal rights and options.