When you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, litigation may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, as you begin to heal, you may realize that a wrongful death suit can help hold the other party accountable for their reckless actions.
A wrongful death lawsuit also helps to send a message that reckless actions will not be tolerated. In addition, a lawsuit can help you recover the financial compensation you need to move forward with your life. While there is no amount of compensation that can make up for your loss, it’s important to understand the types of damages you may be entitled to as part of a wrongful death claim.
The purpose of damages
Damages are meant to be restorative. Some people think of them as a way to return you to the life you had before the accident. Some damages are relatively easy to calculate. For example, if your lawsuit is related to a fatal car accident, you could seek compensation for:
- The loss of the vehicle
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
Other types of damages are more amorphous. The idea of making punitive damages part of a wrongful death claim is a relatively new phenomenon. These types of damages may include claims for:
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of future earnings
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
Sometimes, more than one party may have played a role in your loved one’s accident. It’s important to demand accountability from all negligent actors. You should discuss your options with a skilled legal professional. Together, you can help determine the best path forward for your case.