The loss of a loved one can be hard, especially when with an unexpected loss. When people pass away too soon due to others’ negligent acts, it is possible to seek recompense.
A wrongful death claim is a common way to accomplish this. In a successful claim, the claimant may request various types of damages. It is important to be familiar with them.
Damages of a purely financial capacity are usually the easiest to assert because they are supportable with documented evidence. Medical bills, travel and hospital expenses due to fatal injuries are a few of the main damages parties may claim. Loss of income is another common option, which usually uses the deceased party’s last income level for calculation.
Another common damage type is pain and suffering, though it is not always the easiest to defend. It is important to understand that pain and suffering applies to the timeframe between the injury and the loved one’s actual passing. To determine a proper pain and suffering request, it is best to speak with a knowledgeable professional familiar with the law and how it applies in the situation.
A few intangibles come with the loss of a loved one. The loss of a companion and parental figure can have strong lasting effects. Loss of consortium addresses some of those aspects. Those who choose to pursue this damage type should prepare for the defendant to possibly try to question the integrity of the relationship.
Though these are a few of the most common damage types, they may not be the only ones available in a particular situation. For those seeking to receive the best possible outcome through a claim, it can be quite helpful to consult with an attorney and determine the best course of action.