What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

March 22, 2022

How Do I Know If I Have A Valid Wrongful Death Case?

People are often disturbed to find out that they may have a wrongful death case to bring before a court. Obviously, it is extremely challenging to deal with the fact that your loved one has passed away. That feeling becomes compounded when you realize that they may have died because of the negligent actions of another person. That is almost too much to bear for some people, and they want to know if they have a valid wrongful death case to bring before a court.

Here are some things to consider when you are trying to decide the validity of your case:

  • You should always bring your case to a lawyer to help determine if it is valid.
  • You should ask yourself if there were any negligent actions taken by healthcare staff or others that contributed to your loved one’s death.
  • You should try to hold those responsible for your loved one’s death to account for the expenses that their actions caused.

Many people think that they don’t have a case at all, but they are surprised to learn that their case is more valid than they realized. That changes a lot of things as they are suddenly made aware that they can and should take immediate action to try to right some of the wrongs. If they can get a court to agree with the conclusions that they have come to, then they may receive damages for the death of their loved one.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Case?

The court will determine which damages are appropriate for each case brought to its attention, but you can expect certain types of damages to be sought by your attorney when you bring a case to them.

Economic Damages

The first type of damage to go after in these cases are economic damages. These are damages meant to help cover the costs of medical care and burial expenses that are directly related to the death of your loved one. You and your family should not have to bury the financial cost of burying your loved one when someone else contributed to the factors that resulted in their death. In those scenarios, the negligent party needs to pay for the damages that they have done.

Non-Economic Damages

Wrongful death cases often result in non-economic damages as well. These cases are not just about getting the other side to pay for a funeral, but the toll that the death of a loved one has taken on the family. Thus, the non-economic damages that one receives may be ordered by the court to compensate for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of joy in life
  • Lost wages

There are a lot of things that come into play when someone passes on, and the courts understand that all of these things need to be sorted out. Thus, you can expect that they will do everything in their power to try to make you whole again after the passing of a loved one, even though nothing can truly replace that person.

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