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What can you earn compensation for after a wrongful death?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Car Accidents |

The number of traffic deaths in the United States jumped to more than 42,000 in 2021, the highest number recorded in a single year since 2005.

Behind this statistical number are countless family members who are left to face devastating loss and financial burdens after their loved one’s untimely death.

Understanding the types of damages to seek can be critical in finding justice and financial stability during this challenging time. What compensations can the families of victims pursue in the aftermath of a catastrophic car crash?

Medical expenses

Any medical costs incurred after an accident, up until the victim’s time of death, can be claimed. This may include emergency services, medications, medical equipment, surgeries and other health-related expenses.

Funeral and burial costs

Among the immediate financial burdens grieving families face are funeral and burial costs. Expenses associated with these, including burial or cremation costs, can be recovered in a wrongful death claim.

Loss of income

The loss of a family member can have a devastating impact on those they leave behind, both emotionally and financially, particularly if the deceased was a primary income provider.

Family members may pursue compensation for the loss of future earnings that the deceased would have likely saved and left as an inheritance for heirs.

Pain and suffering

Although more challenging to quantify, families of victims may also seek compensation for the pain and suffering they experienced after a tragic loss.

Punitive damages

In extreme cases, the court awards punitive damages if the defendant’s actions leading to the accident were particularly reckless. These are not intended as compensation for the victim’s family, but as a punishment for the defendant.

Losing a loved one in a car accident is a profoundly difficult experience. No amount of money can bring a beloved person back. However, understanding the different claims available can provide a means to address the financial challenges brought by such a tragedy and help families move on toward healing and justice.

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