Obtaining Fair Compensation for a Wrongful Death

The unexpected death of a loved one is always a tragic event. The loss of a husband, a wife, or family member often has painful consequences for the entire family. If a family member dies due to the wrongful or negligent act of a person, family members and the next of kin may be entitled to damages for their pecuniary loss.  Pecuniary loss is a monetary value that includes not only lost wages and support, but also the advice, comfort, assistance, & protection which the family member would have given had they lived.

The surviving spouse and children may be entitled to recover damages for the loss of future earnings caused by the death of a spouse or parent.  To determine a fair amount to provide for the future financial needs of a family, the deceased’s previous occupation, earnings, and health are considered. Other family members may recover damages for pecuniary loss based on their relationship with the deceased, and the guidance, comfort, assistance, and protection lost because of the death.  Medical costs and funeral expenses are almost always recoverable in a claim for wrongful death.

If you have recently lost a loved one due to another person’s wrongful or negligent act, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Farr Kaufman to schedule a free initial consultation.