What damages can you seek in a wrongful death lawsuit? | Bart Durham Injury Law

What damages can you seek in a wrongful death lawsuit?

There is nothing worse than losing a loved one. When this happens due to the negligence of a third party, it can be even more difficult to deal with.

As you grieve, you may soon realize that you have legal options. While this is a major undertaking due to the fact that you're still dealing with the death of your loved one, it may be something you want to look into.

There are many types of damages that can be paid in a wrongful death lawsuit.

For example, when determining pecuniary loss, a variety of factors come into play. These include but are not limited to the person's age, health condition at the time of death, his or her earning capacity and life expectancy.

On the surface, this may sound simple enough. However, there are many details that go into this. For example, if the person had dependents, the court will look at:

-- How much income loss his or her family will experience.

-- The age of the dependents and the impact of the death on them.

Furthermore, punitive damages often come into play. These damages are awarded as a means of directly punishing the negligent party.

If a loved one was killed as the result of another person's negligence, it's important to take as much time as you need to grieve. Along with this, there's nothing wrong with learning more about the finer details of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If nothing else, the information you collect will help you better understand your rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Overview," accessed Oct. 10, 2016

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