The death of a loved one in a car accident is one of the most traumatic events one can experience. The emotional and financial effects such an accident can be devastating. What sources of compensation are available following a fatal car accident? The fatal car accident lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow are available to help you get the compensation you need to get through this most difficult of times.
The first potential source of compensation is through Statutory Accident Benefits from an automobile insurance policy. These benefits are available, subject to certain exceptions, even if the deceased was the person who caused the accident. A Death Benefit is available which pays $25,000.00 to the spouse of the deceased (this amount is divided among dependants if no spouse), $10,000.00 to each of the deceased dependant’s, $10,000.00 to each of the deceased’s former spouses whom the deceased was supporting pursuant to a domestic contract or court order, and $10,000.00 to each person to whom the deceased was a dependant.
Statutory Accident Benefits also provide for a Funeral Benefit of up to $6,000.00. The above amounts may be greater if optional benefits were purchased. Additional Statutory Accident Benefits may also be available if deceased survived for a period of time following the accident before succumbing to his or her injuries. The fatal car accident lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow can help you understand the Statutory Accident Benefits that may be available to you and ensure that you get the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled.
Another source of compensation available following a fatal car accident is a lawsuit against the person or persons who caused the accident. The estate of the deceased can recover damages for the pain and suffering the deceased experienced and for expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Family members and other dependents of the deceased may be able to recover for the loss of care, guidance and companionship of the deceased, for any expenses incurred as a result of the death and for the loss of the economic support that they would have received from the deceased. While the financial compensation that may be available from a lawsuit cannot replace your loved one, it can provide you with the financial resources that you and your family need to get on with your lives.
The fatal car accident lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow are available to help you in this most difficult of times.
If a loved one has been died as the result of a car accident, please call the fatal car accident lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at 519-915-7673. The first meeting with one of experienced lawyers is free and without obligations.