The chances are that the last thing on your mind after losing a loved one is whether to take legal action. Unfortunately, as we have seen before, there is only a limited window within which to make a claim. Aside from the potential compensation which could help to mitigate the financial burden of bereavement, a successful action may also help to bring you some closure.
If your loved one's death was brought about as the result of the malicious or negligent action of another person, chances are it counts as wrongful death. As part of the lawsuit, you may be able to seek punitive damages from those responsible. Furthermore, matters such as the deceased's potential future earnings will also be taken into account.