The death of a loved one, especially a young child, can be horrendous for a family. No amount of support will ever bring a family member back after his or her life has been tragically cut short.
However, in some wrongful death cases, compensation can be used to help pay for lost wages, emotional distress, medical bills and pain and suffering. While this money will not be the end all of your suffering, it can help you get through a troubling time.
Tragically, on July 9, an 11-year-old Clarksville girl was involved in a four-car crash on Briley Parkway in Nashville. According to the Associated Press, Alysia Johnson was in the back seat of a Ford Explorer stopped in traffic when a Chrysler Sebring driven by William Miller, 70, of Pierz, Minnesota, struck the vehicle from behind.
Johnson was taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for treatment, where she died about a week later. Investigators told the media that Miller’s “inattention to the road” was a contributing factor in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
How Do I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following a Car Accident?
If your loved one dies because of someone’s negligence, you should hold that party liable via a wrongful death lawsuit, which can help you recover economic damages that include lost income, medical expenses and funeral costs.
Keep in mind—punitive damages in a lawsuit punish careless behavior in an effort to prevent future injury and loss. The loss of a loved one often feels insurmountable—you need to make sure you hold the negligent party accountable for your heartbreak.
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Davis’ Words of Wisdom: In 2011, more than 650 children ages 12 and younger died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.