Who Gets the Money In a Wyoming Wrongful Death Settlement?
Although no settlement can bring back a loved one you have lost to a wrongful death accident, a monetary award can help surviving family members get the justice they deserve. Pursuing a wrongful death claim can also help provide financial security for your family and hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions.
At Platte River Injury Law, our Wyoming wrongful death lawyers understand the unthinkable situation you face. The emotional trauma of losing a loved one, especially when the victim’s death was caused by the wrongful actions of someone else, can be overwhelming. If you relied on the victim’s income or assistance, you could also be facing a significant financial hardship. Understanding how Wyoming wrongful death settlement distribution works can help you in your quest to understand your options and get started with the legal process.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Wyoming?
Under Wyoming wrongful death law, the claim must be “brought by and in the name of the decedent’s wrongful death representative for the exclusive benefit of beneficiaries who have sustained damage.” The personal representative, appointed by the court, must be the individual who best represents the interests of the beneficiaries of the action. This can be a family member of the victim or another party that the victim might have specified in their will.
Understanding Wyoming Wrongful Death Settlement Distribution
As far as who can receive compensation in a Wyoming wrongful death settlement, the law provides some leeway with regard to who can be a beneficiary. The victim’s spouse, children, and parents may be eligible to recover damages. In addition, anyone who depended on the victim, financially or otherwise, may have standing to recover compensation. Ultimately, the court may decide on the specifics of settlement distribution, with input from the victim’s appointed representative.
The best way to determine how a wrongful death settlement might be distributed in your case is to consult an experienced Wyoming wrongful death attorney.
How Much Is Your Wrongful Death Settlement Worth?
Every wrongful case is unique, which makes it virtually impossible to estimate any average Wyoming wrongful death claim amount. However, you could be entitled to recover compensation for some or all of the following damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses,
- Lost income and benefits,
- Loss of care and comfort,
- Loss of advice, and
- Loss of companionship.
An attorney can provide a more accurate estimate of what your claim might be worth and help you understand your options for pursuing an insurance claim or court award.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Wyoming
Although virtually any type of personal injury accident can lead to the untimely death of the victim, some of the most common causes of Wyoming wrongful death are as follows:
- Car accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Bike accidents,
- Pedestrian accidents,
- Medical malpractice, and
- Slip-and-fall accidents.
No matter how your loved one sustained their injuries, we can help. We put our extensive resources to work for you, identifying all parties who caused or contributed to the victim’s death.
Contact a Wyoming Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
The Wyoming personal injury attorneys of Platte River Injury Law are committed to providing highly personalized legal strategies and exceptional service for you. We will fight tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you, even if that means we have to file a lawsuit and pursue your claim in court. We provide a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, and we never charge any legal fees until we recover compensation on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about the cost of hiring a wrongful death attorney.
To learn more or to discuss your case with one of our experienced, compassionate attorneys, contact us now.