What Damages Can Be Recovered In Wrongful Death Cases?
Unfortunately, there are a wide range of accidents that can occur, many resulting in serious injuries. Even worse, there are some accidents that may be fatal, leaving the victim’s family with grief and heartache—as well as questions about what happens next.
The legal matters following a wrongful death can be very complex, requiring help from a legal professional to properly file the lawsuit. Most people don’t know what damages they may be able to recover after a wrongful death.
Here are some of the things you may be able to sue the negligent party for:
In many cases, the individual who is fatally injured may be the main provider for a family. When they pass, the family is left without the money the individual would have earned. This may be compensable as part of a wrongful death case including past and future earnings lost as a result of the injuries and subsequent death.
Pain and Suffering
These types of situations often lead to emotional trauma for the family left to cope with the loss of their loved one. This is considered pain and suffering, which may be recovered as non-economic damages. This means there is no distinct monetary value, but it’s considered a damage to the family.
Medical and Funeral Expenses
Medical expenses may be recovered if the decedent spent time in the hospital receiving treatment after the injury but prior to the death. Funeral expenses may be recovered by the family from the negligent party to help cover all costs associated with the funeral and burial.
Loss of Companionship
Spouses may be left without their significant others as a result of these types of accidents. This may be a compensable damage. It’s an emotional situation and the family members left behind may endure distress as a result.
At The Beasley Firm, our team of Philadelphia wrongful death attorneys works hard to guide families through this difficult time. You deserve to protect your rights and hold negligent parties accountable for the damages they cause.
If you lost a family member due to negligent or reckless actions, let us help. We can explain your options, help you understand your situation, and move forward in a more favorable situation.
Call us today at (215) 866-2424 to discuss your potential case.