A wrongful death arises when someone dies due to an individual or entity’s reckless, intentional or negligent actions. As their close kin or dependents, you may file a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties and recover compensation for your loss. But how much should you expect as a settlement for losing your loved one?
Wrongful death claims can be incredibly complex and emotional, as they involve putting a monetary value on the loss of human life. In addition, the compensation due to the survivors or dependents of the deceased can vary widely depending on a range of factors.
What damages are you entitled to?
You can claim a wide range of damages for the wrongful death of a loved one. They include the direct economic losses such as the medical bills incurred due to the injury that caused the death, lost wages and the financial contribution your loved one would have provided to the family.
In addition to economic damages, you are also entitled to compensation for non-economic damages. These damages are designed to compensate the dependents for the emotional pain and suffering caused by the wrongful death. Non-economic damages can include loss of companionship, emotional distress and loss of parental guidance for children.
In some cases, a wrongful death claim may also provide for punitive damages. These damages are designed to punish the responsible party for their negligent or intentional actions and to deter similar conduct in the future.
Get help with your wrongful death claim
It is worth noting that other factors beyond the damages you suffered may shape the compensation discourse. They include the age and health of your loved one at the time of their death and any existing laws that limit the settlement you can recover.
As such, it is crucial to seek help and guidance to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. The proper legal guidance can provide you with the resources and support you need during this difficult time, allowing you to focus on healing and moving forward.