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What compensation can you seek in a wrongful death claim?

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Wrongful Death |

It is tragic to lose a loved one as a result of someone else’s carelessness. If you have lost a loved one, it is important to understand what damages you can seek for your loss through a wrongful death lawsuit. 

Economic damages

Economic damages cover the financial contributions the deceased would have made to their family had they lived. This includes lost wages and benefits, medical expenses, and funeral costs. Hence, you can get reimbursement for medical bills incurred due to the deceased’s final illness or injury. 

Plus, you can claim coverage for the expenses of funeral services, burial, or cremation.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages compensate for the intangible losses suffered by the family. These include compensation for the emotional pain and loss of the deceased’s companionship, love, and support, referred to as loss of companionship. 

Additionally, damages awarded to the surviving spouse for the loss of marital benefits, including affection, comfort, and sexual relations, are categorized under loss of consortium. 

Punitive damages

The court has the authority to impose punitive damages in situations when the defendant’s actions were especially heinous or careless. These are intended to penalize the transgressor and discourage future instances of the same action. 

Punitive damages in Florida require proving that the defendant’s conduct was grossly negligent or intentionally harmful. However, such awards are rare and heavily dependent on the case’s specifics.

Loss of inheritance

The family may seek compensation for the loss of inheritance. It can reflect the amount the deceased would have saved and passed on to their heirs had they lived a normal lifespan.

Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit provides a way for families to seek justice and financial relief in the face of a devastating loss. While no amount of compensation can replace a loved one, holding the responsible party accountable can bring some measure of closure and support during a difficult time.