No matter what kind of accident occurred, when we lose a loved one, it can be a traumatic experience. Families of individuals killed in a wrongful death accident are focused on the grieving process. Legal action is the furthest things from their mind. However, it is important to know that while filing a wrongful death claim may not bring back your loved one, it is important to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and help cover some of the expenses you may incur.
The damages you may receive fall under three different categories. This includes from the time of the accident to the time of the death, the expenses to be incurred after the death, and potential loss of consortium.
From the Accident to the Time of Death
The expenses that add up after the accident until the time of death may be covered in a wrongful death suit. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, and expenses related to the funeral and burial. It can also cover mental and physical pain and suffering.
After the Death
This awards surviving spouses and children with damages that the decedent may have generated had he or she been alive. This includes lost wages that the individual would have earned up until the anticipated retirement.
Loss of Consortium
This may not always apply to a case, but if a spouse or immediate family member is deprived of love, support, and companionship, the court may approve loss of consortium damages.
If the person responsible for the death acted in a reckless or intentional manner, punitive damages may also be awarded. If you lost someone due to the negligence of another person, call our firm. Our national wrongful death attorneys at Aldous \ Walker are ready to help you move forward with your claim.