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What compensation can families receive in a wrongful death claim?

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2021 | Wrongful Death

It is always hard to lose a loved one at any point in time, but it can be particularly difficult when people lose loved ones in an accident. People are left with no time to prepare for the death and their lives are immediately changed forever. In addition to losing the love and support from the victim, people may also lose income and financial resources that the family relies on to live their lives. So, fatal accidents can be devastating both emotionally and financially.

The family of the victim may be able to receive compensation for their loss from the people responsible for causing the accident. In order to receive this compensation, they may need to start a wrongful death lawsuit.

Potential compensation in wrongful death lawsuit

Through a wrongful death lawsuit, the family may be able to receive various forms of compensation. The primary type of compensation is for their financial loss. They could receive the amount that the victim would have earned throughout their life if they had not been killed. They also could receive compensation for services that the victim provided to the family that they now have to pay for because they victim is no longer around. In certain situations, the family could also receive punitive damages if the person purposely caused the accident. Punitive damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer for their actions.

Losing a loved one in a fatal accident in Louisiana is very difficult. People are dealing with very strong emotions while trying to maintain their daily lives. The compensation they could receive will never bring back the loved one, but it is still very valuable. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these accidents can be and may be a useful resource.