How Are Damages Awarded in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Damages relate to the financial compensation the plaintiff is awarded if they win the wrongful death suit. Damages for a wrongful death suit are slightly different than damages for a personal injury suit. There are several types of damages to be collected, and the amounts awarded are often split between more than one plaintiff. Since there are so many individuals that have a potential claim in a wrongful death suit, the court will often divide the damages according to the financial need of each individual and their level of dependency on the deceased person.
The plaintiffs may collect a number of different types of damages. Many of these damages are very difficult to calculate and require much evidence to be provided in court. Some of these include:
1. Medical and funeral expenses
2. The deceased person’s expected future earnings
3. The loss of benefits and medical coverage
4. The loss of retirements, investments and savings that are not automatically transferred to an inheritor
5. The value of services the deceased person would have provided
6. Pain and suffering
7. The loss of nurturing and care that would have been provided
Legal representation is vital in a wrongful death claim. If you feel you are entitled to compensation for the death of a family member, loved one or other provider, then you should contact the qualified attorney’s at Bader Law for consultation on your case.