Somethings you don’t want to wake up first thing in the morning and hear. Your loved one has been killed. You try to shake yourself hoping its a dream but it’s not. You are emotionally torn. You know you have the grounds for a wrongful death claim but you don’t know how to bring it to court. You don’t know what damages you can sue for. The compensation you’re entitled to won’t heal you from this travesty but it will help ease some burdens. The main types of damages you can be compensated for are economic and non-economic. If you can prove the other party behaved in gross conduct or negligence, then you may be subject to receiving punitive damages.
It’s important to know the types of damages that are given in a wrongful death suit. The first being economic damages. Theses are damages that have monetary value. These damages include things such as medical expenses and funeral expenses that are connected to the death of the deceased. Economic damages also include loss of benefits, which could include pension plans. These damages include loss of expected income from the deceased, loss of inheritance that was caused by the premature death of the deceased, as well as the value of the goods and services that would’ve been provided by the victim.
Non-economic damages are damages that cannot be assigned monetary value and are intangible. These damages include such as loss of love from the deceased, loss of care (if the deceased was a caregiver), and loss of protection from the victim. Non-economic damages also include loss of advice, training, or nurturing from the victim. The main non-economic damages covered are the survivor’s pain and suffering they had to go through because of the premature death of the deceased.
In some cases punitive damages may be awarded. These damages are intended to punish the defendant and discourage others from engaging in the same behavior. Punitive damages are awarded as a multiple of the total compensatory damages. In order to be able to sue for punitive damages, you’ll have to find that the defendant had gross negligence which caused the death of your loved one. For example, if the defendant was drunk driving and hit and killed your loved one, then they could be subject to being sued for punitive damages.
When you get the call that a loved one has passed away due to circumstances that were out of their control, it can be shocking and scary. You’re going through a lot emotionally and the last thing you want is to continue struggling. Dealing with the aftermath of a the death of a loved one won’t be easy. You don’t have to go through it alone. It’s crucial that you get someone with experience, who truly knows how to get you the compensation you deserve after the wrongful death of your loved one. Neufeld Law Firm handles multiple different types of wrongful death claims including car accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability. Contact Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. today for experienced Miami wrongful death attorney on your side. Call 305-931-6666 or 954-523-8292 for a free consultation. Our simply fill out our contact form.