As emotionally devastating as the death of a loved one may be, the financial pressure caused by their loss can make the grieving process even more difficult. While no amount of money can replace the life of a loved one, if their death was caused by someone else’s negligence, a wrongful death suit may provide the resources your family needs. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a personal injury attorney may be able to collect compensation for you and your loved one’s losses.
4 Types of Compensation Available in a Wrongful Death Suit
1. Monetary Losses
If your family member required medical care before their passing, the liable party is responsible for paying any hospital bills and doctor’s expenses. Survivors may also be able to sue for their loved one’s burial expenses, which may cost thousands of dollars.
2. Pain & Suffering
Wrongful death suits are a type of personal injury case, so family members can claim any damages to which the victim would have been entitled if they’d survived. This includes the pain and suffering they experienced before passing away and any mental trauma they might have endured.
3. Lost Wages
If you relied on the decedent for financial support, a personal injury attorney may pursue compensation for the lifetime wages they’ll never have the chance to earn. Calculating a fair settlement for lost wages can be extremely complex, often depending on factors such as their age, profession, and level of education.
4. Your Own Trauma
The death of a loved one leaves a hole in the survivor’s lives and emotional scars that may never fully heal. Liable parties in wrongful death cases can also be held responsible for your own emotional trauma if you’ve lost a spouse or family member.
For nearly 20 years, The Gil Law Firm has helped grieving families throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia achieve justice for loved ones lost to someone else’s negligence. Their personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with a wide range of wrongful death cases and will always provide the aggressive representation you deserve. Visit their website for more on their services and call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation.