A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit filed by a family that has lost a loved one due to the negligent acts of another person. No amount of money can bring their loved one back, but filing a wrongful death claim can help the family avoid financial hardship after a tragic death. Here’s a look at some of the damages that are available in wrongful death lawsuits:
The victim’s surviving family members are entitled to compensation for expenses they have incurred as a result of the victim’s wrongful death. Usually, this includes funeral expenses and medical bills that the victim incurred prior to passing away.
Loss of Income
If the surviving family members were financially dependent on the victim, they could recover compensation for their loss of income. The court will take a number of factors into consideration when calculating loss of income, including the victim’s salary, advancement opportunities, overall health, and life expectancy. These factors are used to determine how long the victim would have worked if he were still alive and how much money he would have made to provide to his dependents. Recovering this compensation is crucial for victims who were solely dependent on the victim and are struggling to make ends meet after the wrongful death.
Loss of Benefits
Family members that were financially dependent on the victim also lose certain benefits after the victim’s death. For example, a child that was covered by the victim’s health insurance plan will no longer have medical coverage after the victim’s death. Other examples of benefits include pension plans, retirement benefits, and disability benefits. Fortunately, the law allows victims to recover compensation for the loss of these valuable benefits.
So far, all of the damages that have been discussed are economic damages, which are awarded to compensate victims for tangible losses or expenses. Victims are also entitled to an entirely different type of compensation known as non-economic damages. The court awards the victim’s family members non-economic damages to compensate them for their pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of care, and loss of consortium. It is hard to calculate the value of non-economic damages, which is why this task should be left up to an experienced attorney.
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