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Wrongful death can have overwhelming consequences for the victim’s surviving family members. If the deceased person was the family’s primary source of income, the survivors must not only contend with the emotional toll of their loved one’s death, but also the exorbitant financial hardship that follows. Wrongful death law is designed to compensate you and your family for a loss that could have been prevented.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages
There are two basic areas of recovery in wrongful death cases: economic damages, which compensate families for tangible financial losses, and non-economic damages, which compensate families for emotional distress and other “intangible” losses.
Under the heading of economic damages, blood relatives who were dependent on the deceased person for financial support can recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of future income
- Loss of benefits (such as medical, dental, pension, and 401k)
- Loss of services provided by the deceased (such as housekeeping, childcare, and more)
Additionally, spouses and children can recover non-economic damages for:
- Loss of companionship
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- General damages
In rare cases, punitive damages may be allowed in order to deter others from similar negligence in the future. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter can help you determine which areas of recovery you are eligible to pursue, and calculate a fair amount of compensation for you to request.
Proving a Wrongful Death Claim
In order to secure compensation for the wrongful death of your loved one, you must be able to prove that they died because of another party’s negligence. This requires thorough, timely research and a comprehensive presentation of evidence. You also need to prove that the amount of compensation you are requesting is justified.
When you are dealing with a loved one’s death, the last thing you should be concerned with is how to cope with the financial burden of their loss. Hiring our wrongful death lawyers will not only significantly increase your chances of winning your wrongful death case, it will also take the stress and complication of pursuing legal action out of your hands.
If one of your family members has been killed because of another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, please contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We can help you pursue justice and put your family on the road to recovery.
Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter serve clients throughout the Orlando area.