David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
I do not understand the question "will I be entitled to any compensation even if wasn't part or my sister's death?" Assuming there is some sort of legal claim for wrongful death/survival, the survival action proceeds go to the beneficiaries of the deceased's will. If there was no will, the proceeds go to the heirs according to the SC statute of descent and distribution. Wrongful death proceeds go to the heirs according to the SC statute of descent and distribution. The heirs are: Your spouse and children, spouse if you have no children, parents if you have no spouse or children, brothers and sisters if you have no surviving spouse, children, or parents.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
S. Joseph Schramm | Joseph Schramm
Any funds recovered in a wrongful death action go to the dependents of the decedent . This usually includes a spouse and children. If you were not a dependent of your sister you will probably not receive any money for a wrongful death suit filed on her behalf. If a survival suit is also filed, and they are usually filed together as one suit, any money recovered would go to your sister's estate and would be distributed to either nearest of kin if she died without a will or to the persons named in her will if she had one.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
"Compensation", no; Inheritance, maybe. Since you were not part of your sister's life, you are not elibilble for compensation for her loss. However, depending on the circumstances, her estate may be entitled to recover for her pain and suffering. If you were named as a beneficiary in her will, or if you are a statutory distributee in your state, you may be entitled to something by that means.
Answer Applies to: New York