Suing a negligent driver is sometimes the only realistic way that you’ll get enough money to deal with the financial fallout of a deadly car wreck. In some cases, the survivors of the wrecks end up catastrophically injured and need a great deal of care—and endure increased medical costs—for the rest of their lives. In other cases, there may be one or more deaths that result from the wreck. Here are some things to consider about suing negligent drivers for catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.
1: There Are Very Real Financial Impacts
It’s not cold or shallow to admit that losing a family member is a huge blow financially. It’s realistic to admit that. One of the reasons that wrongful death lawsuits are options for injured claimants is because those claimants sometimes lose a primary breadwinner or someone who at least brought substantial income into the home. The family will usually suffer in objectively measurable ways when they lose a family member and it makes sense for them to seek relief.
2: Medical Bills Can Bankrupt You
If you cannot pay your medical bills, you’ll find yourself unable to get good treatment and facing the specter of bankruptcy. Medical bills are among the most common causes of bankruptcy. If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, there’s really no reason that you shouldn’t seek out a way to hold them responsible for what they caused.
3: Pain and Suffering Are Real
The money added onto lawsuits for pain and suffering is sometimes ridiculed in the media. Some claimants feel ashamed to be asking for it, as if they’re asking for a handout or because they think that other people will judge the claimant to be milking a tragedy for profit. Pain and suffering are real things. They cannot be completely remedied by money, but compensation can help to remedy them to some extent. The pain you endured from injures and the suffering you endured because of the loss or catastrophic injury of a family member is not cheapened because you can attach a dollar amount to them. Juries award pain and suffering compensation because the plaintiffs deserve it.
A DFW car wreck lawyer can help you sue for the wrongful death or catastrophic injury of a loved one. Contact a car accident lawyer in Dallas for more information.