A loved one’s death can take a significant toll on your family, both emotionally and financially. There are laws in place to lessen this financial burden if a person died due to the negligence of another party. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you may recover this compensation and at least find some relief from the turmoil you face in the aftermath of the tragedy.
There are several categories of damages in wrongful death claims. They are as follows:
- Damages from accident until death: The first category of compensation covers any damages that happen to the deceased person from the time he/she suffered their accident until his or her death. After a car accident, for example, this includes all the medical costs and suffering stemming from the person’s injuries. Other damages include funeral and burial expenses, lost wage and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
- Losses experienced by next of kin: This category of damages compensates the survivors of the deceased for their financial losses. For example, anyone financially dependent on the victim has the right to recover the value of the money the deceased would have earned if not for his or her death — potentially up to the person’s anticipated time of retirement.
- Non-economic damages: In some cases, you may be able to seek non-economic damages, including loss of companionship. This is a particularly common strategy if the deceased left behind minor children who will now be deprived of that parent’s love and guidance.
For further guidance on the damages available in wrongful death lawsuits and the best strategies to recover compensation, meet with a skilled San Diego attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.