Losing a loved one consistently ranks as one of the most stressful and traumatic life experiences. If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering if you have any financial recourse, especially if they were the primary income-earner for your household. You also may be wondering what that recourse may entail should your claim succeed.
Wrongful death claims can provide compensation to grieving families for things like:
- Loss of companionship—The death of a loved one results in intense and prolonged grief, depression, and anxiety for surviving family members. Just as pain and suffering is compensated in personal injury claims, so too is loss of companionship in wrongful death claims.
- Loss of income—Losing a loved one’s income can be financially devastating, especially if they were the breadwinner for the family or contributed heavily to the family’s finances. When we build wrongful death claims, we factor in past, current, and future lost wages.
- Funeral expenses—Funerals can cost thousands of dollars. For many families, this expense can be too much to bear, especially if they’ve already spent thousands of dollars or more on medical bills for lifesaving treatments.
Other forms of compensation include pensions/401(k)s, inheritances, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. It’s important to get an experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyer on your side when you’re dealing with the preventable death of a loved one. Doing so gives you more time and space to grieve without worrying about the back and forth with the insurance company and other parties.