When an individual is harmed due to negligence on the part of another person, company or organization, he or she has the ability to pursue a civil lawsuit to collect damages for the injury.
When the negligence leads to death, however, his family has the option of filing a wrongful death suit. Such a lawsuit allows the family of a deceased individual to pursue damages for their loved one's death from the entities responsible even when the victim can no longer speak for himself.
These damages can compensate the family for medical bills incurred and financial losses suffered by the family as a result of the loss of their relative, including the wages the victim would have earned in his or her lifetime had it not been for negligence on the part of a person or company.
Though no amount of damages can ever truly compensate a family for a loved one's loss, filing a wrongful death suit allows a family to bring negligence to light and possibly effect policy change that prevents other unnecessary deaths in the future.