A wrongful death case is a painful and difficult situation for the family members of the person who passed away. By working with a wrongful death lawyer, you are hiring someone who can represent the interests of your family, even though you may be grieving too much to think clearly right now. The attorney will also be tasked with protecting your family from the attorneys who represent the responsible party. While those attorneys may try to take advantage of your family's current state of vulnerability, your wrongful death lawyer can make sure that you get all the compensation you deserve. Keep reading to find out about the three main types of compensation that you may qualify for in a wrongful death case.
The Medical Costs
All the medical costs that the departed person incurred before they passed can be compensated in a wrongful death case. All medical expenses can be counted, as long as those expenses directly relate to the illness or injury that led to death. These costs include, but are not limited to:
- Hospital costs
- Medication costs
- Therapy costs
- Medical device costs
The Funeral Costs
The costs of the funeral, and all related expenses, are typically part of the compensation that the family of the departed receives in a wrongful death case. This compensation can include, but is not limited to:
- Funeral venue costs
- Funeral speaker costs
- Funeral flower costs
- Cremation or burial costs
- Costs related to post-funeral reception
The Loss of Future Income Costs
Had your loved one lived, they would have continued to make an income that would have helped support the family. When they passed away, so did their ability to take care of those that they loved. The loss of future income compensation is designed to help preserve your family's standard of living. This compensation will typically include an amount equal to that which the departed would have made during the remainder of their working years.
The three types of compensation discussed above are almost always part of any wrongful death case. There are also several other kinds of compensation that your family may be eligible to receive, including compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering your loved one experienced. The best way to find out exactly how much compensation that your family can expect to receive in your wrongful death case is to arrange a consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney today! To find out more about wrongful death, contact someone like Burgess & Perigard.