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Why do Plaintiff’s lawyers ask for money when someone dies? What good will money do when someone has lost a loved-one?


Attorney Jason MacriAuthor: Attorney Jason Macri

Unfortunately approximately 100 people die in car crashes every day in the United States. Most of these crashes are the result of the negligence of a driver, a company or both. Wrongful Death injury lawyers specialize in making claims against those negligent drivers and companies. Many people want to know why Wrongful Death injury lawyers always ask for money as compensation. They wonder what good money will do considering money can never bring back the dead.

The death of a family member can be extremely disruptive to ones’ life. Imagine being a child, incapable of supporting yourself, and then lose one or both of your parents. The mental and emotional impact alone is horrifying and can destroy a person’s life. Now factor in the economic loss. The financial support typically provided by a parent. Making sure you have food to eat, a place to live, a bed to sleep in, clean clothes to wear, transportation and education. The list of what a parent typically provides to a child is exhaustive and can never be fully complete.

How is a grieving individual who has lost the love, support and services of a family member ever going to be made whole again? The answer is that the person will probably never be made whole because we can never bring back the deceased. Because we can’t bring people back from the dead, the only way to attempt to compensate a survivor for their loss is by asking a Jury to give them money. Much of the time, the idea of giving survivors money to compensate for the loss of a loved one doesn’t resonate well with the public. People ask: what good is money going to do? Money can’t bring back the dead.

These people are right about one thing; money can’t bring back the dead. They are, however, missing the point. The money is obviously not meant to bring back the dead. The money is meant to provide not only for what the deceased used to provide to the survivor but also to help provide the survivor with the services they may need in order to help them deal with the hell they have been relegated to as the result of losing their family member. When a person or company is negligent and takes a person’s life as a result of the negligence, they don’t only take the life of the deceased but they also take a significant portion of the survivor’s life too. Every ounce of support and joy the survivor used to receive from their loved-one has been taken from them. So while money can’t bring back the dead, it can be used to provide food, shelter, clothing, transportation, education and financial security. Clearly, the list of necessities doesn’t stop there. These are just the basics. Money can help to compensate for every conceivable loss though no amount of money will ever bring back a deceased loved-one.

The Wrongful Death of a loved one can easily destroy the life of a survivor. No amount of money will ever bring back the deceased. The job of a Plaintiff’s Wrongful Death lawyer is to help provide for losses sustained, to help ensure that the survivor’s future is funded and to try and provide the survivor with some semblance of a normal life. Showing a Jury what is necessary to provide for a survivor and then asking that Jury for the money necessary to fund the future of the survivor is a tough job but it is the exact job of a Plaintiff’s Wrongful Death personal injury attorney. If you or a loved-one has lost the presence and support of a family member, call the Law Office of Dell & Schaefer. Our attorneys will ensure that your losses are determined, quantified and then demanded in order to ensure the brightest possible future under the most extreme, horrific circumstances.



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