Who Gets the Money in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Surviving Family MembersA deceased person may have many surviving relatives, or they may not have any. Surviving family members who are allowed to receive compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit are the ones who were dependent on the deceased for financial support, shelter, food, and other services and support.
Primary BeneficiariesDirect family members, including the deceased’s spouse and children, are considered primary beneficiaries. They are the most likely to benefit from compensation granted in a wrongful death claim. If the deceased had no spouse or children, the primary beneficiaries may be the parents of the deceased.
Secondary BeneficiariesAny other family member who lived in the home of the deceased and depended on the deceased for support may be listed as a secondary beneficiary. Secondary beneficiaries commonly include siblings, nieces, or nephews.
Dividing CompensationWhen the court grants compensation, the amount will generally include compensation intended for the family to compensate for the loss of companionship and mental suffering the death caused, along with compensation intended for the estate to cover medical and funeral expenses paid by the estate. Amounts paid to family members will be divided among eligible family members. Amounts paid to the estate will be used to satisfy any debts owed and then divided as the will of the deceased dictates.
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