Dealing with an incident of wrongful death can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. The emotional toll of abruptly losing a loved one can be trying, and often leaves family and friends with a sensation of being lost. Questions often arise : Was someone at fault? Can we pursue a wrongful death case? What damages even apply to wrongful death cases? If you find yourself asking these kinds of questions, be comforted by the fact that there are professionals who have based their careers on helping people in your situation. The trick is properly informing yourself and figuring out how to find the most appropriate representation for your needs.
Wrongful Death Damages
Deciding what damages to pursue as part of your legal case is a critical step. While the particulars of your situation are unique to you, the damages can fall under a few basic categories. Compensatory Damages – When a family must incur the cost of medical care, funeral arrangements, loss of insurance, etc., they have the ability to pursue compensatory damage claims. Punitive Damages – If your loved one was killed due to the fault or negligence of another individual or company, punitive damages can be pursued in order to punish the guilty party and set a dissuasive precedent for future cases. Insurance Based Damages – Some companies have policies in place to deal with casualties that occur in their facility or on their “watch”.
Navigating Through the Process
Figuring out which category of damages to pursue (you might be eligible for one or multiple) is key, but so is determining the different factors of your case. You’ll want to know if you’re incident falls into a commonly accepted realm of wrongful death, or if the circumstances are unusual. To learn more, visit our main wrongful death page here. Otherwise, fill out the consultation form to the right in order to receive a free consultation from The Hayes Firm. We can answer your questions and connect you to the best attorney for your needs (this is a free service).