Losing someone you love due to someone else's negligence can be life-altering.. You not only have lost someone you care about, but you may be left in a precarious position if the deceased was the one who primarily supported your family financially. To help recoup some of the damage, you have the choice to sue the liable party for wrongful death. The amount you can recoup depends on your state and are sometimes capped. Here are some examples of damages you may receive based on your circumstances and where you live:
You can receive monetary compensation for your economic losses caused by the death. This will include the financial contribution the deceased would have provided to your family had the negligence and subsequent death not occurred. The liable party will pay you a certain amount as decided upon by the court. Your attorney can also pursue payment for a settlement equal to your loved one's retirement account and benefits that would have been received over a certain time period. You may also be able to recoup expenses for medical care and the burial. Talk to your attorney about the various economic losses that you are entitled to reparation for.
Payment for Egregious Behavior
If your loved one died in an act of egregious behavior, your attorney can pursue punitive damages against the liable party. Examples include a driver who caused death by driving at an excessive speed or while under the influence of drink.
Not every state will award punitive damages in the lawsuit. Your family may not receive punitive damages if the liable party includes any government agency. Some states may allow you to collect some interest on the compensation you get in your lawsuit. Interest in lawsuit compensation starts from the time your loved one passed away until you receive a check for the winnings. This can be a major amount of money, especially in a large wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death case can be emotionally taxing and upsetting, but it is worth it if someone in your family was in charge of caring financially for your family. If your loved one is killed and you want to pursue civil damages, talk to a wrongful death attorney right away. You and your attorney will need to begin gathering all the necessary evidence to help prove your claim. This can take a lot of time, so be sure to act quickly.
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