Few things are as painful and stressful as the death of a loved one, especially when their life was cut short by a preventable accident. The grieving process in these instances is often made worse by the legal wrestling match over compensation and damages.
While wrongful death cases are common, they are complex and can by emotionally trying. As difficult as it is, in many cases it’s necessary for you to pursue a settlement, especially when a sudden death can leave you in a tough situation—financially and otherwise.
There are some important things to know about wrongful death cases in Idaho and how they are decided. Whether the fatal accident happened while driving, during surgery, or in any other setting, some things will be the same every time. We’ve outlined some of the basics below:
Who can file a claim?
If you are related to the deceased in any of the following ways, you can file a wrongful death claim in Idaho:
- Blood relatives
- Adopted brothers and sisters who are dependents of the deceased
How soon do I need to file it?
In most cases, the claim will need to be filed within 2 years of the accident. This time period, referred to as a “statute of limitations,” can be shortened in some situations, though. With this in mind, your best bet would be to contact us and discuss your case. We will be able to give you a more exact time-frame depending on the details of your claim.
What kind of losses can I recover with a claim?
Since the sudden death of a loved one can deeply impact many areas of your life, there are several types of losses you can seek compensation for with a wrongful death claim. These will vary, of course, in each unique case, but here are some you should keep in mind:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Value of household services provided by the deceased
- Loss of health insurance and other benefits offered by the deceased’s employer
- Compensation for the loss of “care, comfort, and society” of your loved one
Wrongful death claims can be a hard process in the midst of a loved one’s passing, but we are committed to helping you along the way. Working with one of our experienced attorneys as well as personally understanding some of the basics of wrongful death claims, can help ease this difficulty.
We wrote a book called the Idaho Accident Book, which allows you to study and discuss these personal matters privately at home before moving forward with a claim. We offer this book for free, and you can order yours now by contacting us here. We will respond as quickly as possible and do all we can to help you get back what you’ve lost.