Wrongful Death: Defined

Wrongful death lawsuits allege that the victim was killed as a result of negligence (or other type of unjust action) on the part of the person or entity being sued. The victim’s survivors are generally entitled to monetary damages as a result of the improper conduct.

Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit may include the following:

Damages for mental anguish or pain and suffering of the survivors;
Loss of benefits like pension plans, medical coverage, and so on;
Loss of care, protection, nurturing, and companionship of the survivors;
Loss of inheritance;
Loss of the victim’s expected earnings between the time of the death and the expected retirement or death;
Medical and funeral expenses connected to the death.
Punitive damages, those meant to punish the defendant, may also be available depending upon the facts and circumstances of the case and the state in which the lawsuit is brought. An experienced wrongful death attorney can explain what damages your family might be entitled to.

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