Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to negligence of another person or corporation. Surviving family members can seek compensation for economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Many people aren’t quite sure where or how to start their wrongful death claim. For this reason, we highly recommend that you contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys knowledge and ability to preserve crucial evidence could eventually make or break your case, so contact an attorney right away.
Economic damages can include:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses connected to the death
- Loss of expected earnings
- Loss of benefits such as pension plans or medical coverage
Non-economic damages include:
- mental anguish of the survivors
- loss of consortium from a deceased spouse
- loss of love, society and companionship of the deceased
- loss of care, protection, guidance, advice, training and nurturing
Punitive damages, which are also known as exemplary damages, are used as a tool to punish the defendant. Exemplary damages may be paid when the defendant acted willfully or with gross negligence.