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3 things you should know about wrongful death cases

There is nothing more painful than the unexpected loss of a loved one. This pain becomes greater if your loved one was also a primary provider for your household. In addition to the emotional trauma of the loss, you must confront the stress of replacing the income and maintaining your life without the support you grew accustomed to. This is obviously a difficult situation to find yourself in.

It is even worse if your loved one died due to the negligence of another individual or entity. If this is the case, you may be dealing with a wrongful death. There are a few things you should know about wrongful death cases. The following three are some of the most important facts to consider in the wake of this situation.

1. It is separate from criminal charges

Many people mistakenly conflate criminal charges with a civil suit. If the person or entity responsible for your loved one's death faces criminal charges, this does not mean you will receive reimbursement. According to the Kentucky Legislature, when recklessness causes death, a person may be criminally charged with reckless homicide. A wrongful death civil suit, unlike criminal charges, may result in compensation for the plaintiff.

2. Inebriation is a common cause

It is a sad truth that alcohol is often involved in deaths that are due to negligence. Whether the accident occurs at work or on the road, if a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she is far likelier to make a simple mistake that could have deadly consequences. Even in the absence of inebriation, factors such a stress and drowsiness can cause such tragedies. 

3. Legal action can mitigate impact

At the end of the day, a person's death has a ripple effect that will impact countless people. If you were close to the decedent and relied on him or her for emotional or financial support, pursuing legal recourse can help to mitigate the impact of the loss. If your case is successful, you may receive compensation that can replace the lost income and resources your loved one provided.

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