Wrongful death claims provide protections after fatal accidents

By |2022-01-03T18:32:51+00:00October 27th, 2011|

Wrongful death claims provide important protections for surviving family members of loved ones killed in a fatal accident such as a fatal motorcycle accident. A claim for wrongful death damages can help family members following the wrongful death of a motorcyclist. Wrongful death claims provide important protections in circumstances of unexpected losses and the financial and emotional challenges family members may be left facing in their wake.

When a motorcycle rider or other accident victim has been killed because of the negligence of another party, such as a negligent driver, wrongful death legal options can step in to help surviving family members of victims recover compensation for the financial and emotional damages they are likely to suffer as a result. Damages that may be available to surviving family members include compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of support and services and lost prospect of inheritance.

Wrongful death claims are commonly based on wrongful death statutes in each state and are brought on behalf of the victim’s estate for the benefit of surviving family members such as spouses, children and others in some circumstances. They are intended to help surviving family members with the pecuniary losses associated with the unexpected loss of a loved one and to hold the negligent party accountable for their carelessness.

Motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and death which is why important legal protections are available to victims and their families. One resource available to families is a wrongful death claim for damages which is why it is useful for them to be familiar with how wrongful death claims work and can help.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Wrongful Death Overview,” Accessed Oct. 27, 2017


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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