My husband was recently killed in a very serious Washington, D.C. car accident. What are my rights?

The devastation caused by fatal car accidents goes far beyond the scene of the crash. The victim’s surviving family must not only grieve the loss of a loved one, but they are also tasked with trying to survive with one less income, all while planning a funeral.

If your husband’s death in a car accident was caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to file a Washington, D.C. wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim aims to compensate the victim’s immediate and dependent family members for lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and other losses.

By filing a wrongful death suit against the other car’s driver, you are seeking to recover primarily economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover what your husband would have contributed financially to you and your household, including lost wages and health benefits. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

While it can be hard to put a monetary amount on the loss of your husband, a skilled and experienced attorney can help you make sure that you and your dependents are comfortable and financially stable. Wrongful death suits stemming from fatal car accidents can become very complicated due to the high financial stakes, and a good attorney can make your case much more successful.

The Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia car accident attorneys of Lewis & Tompkins are here to help you and your family move forward and heal. While nothing will ever ease the pain of losing your husband, the peace of mind that comes with financial stability is invaluable. Call today at 202.296.0666 for a free consultation.

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