It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved one to a wrongful death. At Church and Page, we stop at nothing to get you the claim you deserve, although we understand that no amount of money can replace a lost loved one. Still, it’s our mission to provide you and your loved ones with the financial assistance you need to stay afloat and move forward after an unexpected death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence.
During the process of determining the value of a wrongful death claim, your insurance claims adjuster and lawyer will look at many various aspects of your case. These factors include:
- The state of health of the deceased and how old they were
- The value of their medical benefits, which were lost
- The victim’s annual salary and income
- The cost of a wake, funeral, or other burial services
- Any medical bills or expenses that were accrued
- The financial circumstances of the victim’s remaining loved ones
Your insurance company and your personal injury attorney will take into account and examine aloof these factors when negotiating the settlement for your wrongful death lawsuit. With all of these factors in mind, your attorney will be able to give you an idea of how much your wrongful death settlement is worth.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Get From A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Compensation from wrongful death claims can help you and your family cover the costs of burial and funeral expenses, which can cost a ton of money that is difficult to come up with so suddenly. Remember that no two wrongful death lawsuits are the same, so there is no way to predict how much money you can make before speaking with a lawyer. You will need to provide your lawyer with pertinent information in order to have a strong idea of the value of this case.
Additionally, when a loved one passes away, families are often left stranded without that person’s income. For example, if you lose your spouse, you lose half the income that provides for you and your children. Our lawyers aim to earn you compensation for these lost earnings and loss of future earning capacity, because you and your family should not have to suffer. You can also learn money for a lost inheritance, if you have children that would have been entitled to it.
Loss of consortium is defined as “Deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship (including affection and sexual relations) due to injuries caused by a tortfeasor. The spouse of someone injured or killed in an accident can sue for damages based on loss of consortium.” This is another area that you can potentially be compensated for if you lost a loved one like a spouse to a wrongful death.
If there are any associated medical bills with your loved one’s passing, your settlement will account for this money as well. You should not have to pay out of pocket for medical treatment due to someone else’s negligence, especially if your loved one passed away as a direct result of the negligence.
In some cases, you may also be able to form a lawsuit against the negligent party for punitive damages. Punitive damages are defined as “damages awarded in addition to actual damages in certain circumstances. Punitive damages are considered punishment and are typically awarded at the court’s discretion when the defendant’s behavior is found to be especially harmful.” If the negligent party, for example, was driving while intoxicated well above the legal limit, this may constitute an especially egregious lack of care, for which the negligent party could be charged with punitive damages.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Kennewick Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
Church and Page are here to help you during these especially tough times and maximize your financial relief. Coping with the wrongful death of a loved one is never easy, especially because the death could have been prevented or was caused by another person’s neglect or inaction.
We invite you to explore your legal options with the compassionate, hard working lawyers at Church and Page. We’ll stop at nothing to make you and your family feel seen, heard, and understood during this tough time, and will fight hard to maximize your financial relief following this tragic situation. Our attorneys are skilled in this practice area of law and will fight for what you and your loved ones rightfully deserve.
Call Church and Page today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our compassionate wrongful death attorneys.