Being faced with the wrongful death of a loved one can be overwhelming. You might not know what to do, how to move on or how to ensure that your loved one's rights are protected even after death. That's where a wrongful death case can help. The relatives of a wrongful death victim can file a lawsuit seeking damages for the death. Let's take a look at those damages.
The first type of damages that may be recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit are those suffered by the victim. The damages are recoverable from the time the negligent action occurred to the time of death of the victim.
For example, if the victim was involved in a workplace shooting, the damages clock starts from the point of injury and ends when the victim died. It might have taken hours, days or weeks for the victim to die. Damages recoverable include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The second type of damages that may be recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit are for the survivors of the victim. This includes a spouse, children, parents and sometimes even siblings. This category typically covers the money lost due to the negligent death of the victim, including lost wages that would have been earned by the victim until his or her time of retirement.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or entity, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A lawsuit of this kind will help you recover damages for the negligent death.