After unexpectedly losing a loved one, the last thing you may want to think about is money. After all, the emotional pain caused to you may be overwhelming and difficult to cope with. This is completely understandable. Yet, in your time of grief you are probably also feeling anger at whoever is responsible for your loved one’s passing. This one reason to focus on pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, if the facts justify it.
By pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, you can impose liability on a negligent party who caused your loved one’s death. This provides accountability and can leave you feeling vindicated that fault for you loved one’s passing has been placed on those who were responsible for it. In addition to imposing liability, you may be able to recover compensation which can both allow you to obtain financial relief while at the same time punish a negligent party for the harm he or she has caused.
What is recoverable in wrongful death lawsuit? Damages most often focus on the deceased individual’s lost wages. To calculate this lost income, a court will have to consider a number of factors, including the individual’s age at the time of death, his or her earning capacity, and his or her life expectancy. This, of course, leaves a lot of room for argument. So, too, do other damages, such as loss of parental guidance and loss of consortium and support.
If you’ve recently lost a loved one to neglect, then you probably want to focus on remembering him or her, not on dealing with complicated legal issues. That is why law firms like ours stand ready to help in your time of need. A competent attorney can assess the facts at hand and develop a legal strategy that seeks to find accountability and recover compensation. Hopefully, if successful on one of these claims, you can then feel like justice has been served and others will be deterred from acting in the same or similar way to the individual who caused your loved one harm.