Individuals who file wrongful death claims may receive damages that generally fall into two categories: damages the victim suffered before they died, and those accrued by the surviving family as a result of their loved one’s death. These can include economic damages, which are losses that are measurable through specific bills, and non-economic damages, which are losses that are subjective and have no specific dollar amount attached to them, like emotional pain and suffering. What damages are awarded in a wrongful death case varies greatly by the facts of the case.

Consulting with an experienced wrongful death attorney can help guide you through what damages may be available to you in a wrongful death case.

Damages Owed to the Decedent

Often, the person who files a wrongful death claim on behalf of their lost loved one will pursue the damages the victim could have had had they survived the accident. These damages cover the time between the incident that caused the victim’s fatal injuries and the time of their passing.

Medical bills: If the victim was treated by medical professionals after the accident that caused their fatal injuries before they passed away, compensation for these medical bills may be available through a wrongful death claim.

Lost wages: If the victim missed time at work due to their injuries before passing, compensation may be available for this lost income.

Pain and suffering: If the victim survived for an amount of time before succumbing to their injuries, compensation may be available for the suffering they endured.

Damages Caused by the Loss of the Decedent

Surviving family members who suffer the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence may qualify for damages that are a result of the victim’s death.

Funeral and burial costs: According to the Federal Trade Commission, funerals can cost between $2,000-$10,000. Because these expenses can add up quickly, wrongful death claims often ask for compensation for the cost of laying their loved one to rest.

Loss of future income: When the victim has a surviving spouse and children, the family can often seek compensation for the financial support and future income the victim would have contributed to the family had they lived.

Loss of consortium: In certain states, the surviving spouse of a wrongful death victim can recover compensation for loss of consortium, or loss of companionship, and the pain and suffering they endured due to the death of their loved one.

A Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages

If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation and hold the liable party financially accountable for your loss. The Ferraro Law Firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and their families, advocating on their behalf, and receiving the maximum compensation possible. We do not take fees unless you receive a settlement or verdict. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm today for a free legal consultation with one of our compassionate wrongful death attorneys.