What types of damages can be awarded for wrongful death?
Wrongful death cases are always difficult for all parties involved. Alongside difficult emotional distress comes the need to deal with complex legal matters that can make these types of cases more painful and depressing than they need to be. I have dealt with many of these types of cases, and as a lawyer I try to make them as painless as possible for the parties involved, making sure that adequate compensation is awarded to the grieving loved ones of the deceased.
Listed below are the types of damages that can be awarded in cases of wrongful death. In other words, the costs incurred due to a wrongful death may be compensated if they are:
- Medical and funeral expenses associated with the death
- Loss of earnings between time of death and expected retirement or death
- Loss of benefits such as pension, medical coverage, etc.
- Loss of inheritance
- Compensation for mental anguish and suffering of the grieving survivors
- Loss of care, protection, and support for the survivors
- Punitive damages for willful or wanton conduct, such as recklessness or a conscious disregard for the safety of others.
To decide the amount of damages, the jury will consider many things such as earning history, health, spending habits, character, lifestyle, etc. These calculations are incredibly complex and require an expert witness. I usually hire an economist who can examine a case full circle and develop a reasoned estimate of the damages. Professional economists are able to take into account not only the income and wages lost, but as well the costs for care of the survivors, such as a family of young children, as well as other essential though often overlooked costs associated with wrongful death.
As I said, wrongful death cases are always difficult for the survivors – having dealt with many of these cases and as many grieving families, I know how to meet the needs and wishes of the family and survivors. If you or a loved one are the victim of a wrongful death incident, do not hesitate to contact the Barrera Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us today.
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