We know and understand how traumatic and difficult it can be if you or a loved one is a victim of a wrongful death incident. It can cause major damage to your entire life and leave you with many broken pieces. If another person kills your loved one as a result of a negligent act, the victim’s family has the right to hire a lawyer specializing in wrongful death, and to file a wrongful death lawsuit against that person.
What kind of financial damages can I seek?
Doing so will help you collect financial damages from the party who is responsible for the incident. The financial damages you can seek to be repaid include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages at your workplace
- Compensatory damages, such as loss of companionship
- Punitive damages—you can punish the responsible party because they acted in a negligent, irresponsible way, which killed your loved one
After you confidentially speak to us, our wrongful death lawyers will help you decide which damages you can seek. Every case is different, which means we will accurately and thoroughly review the facts and evidence involved in your incident.
What are compensatory damages?
For your thorough understanding, basic information regarding compensatory damages includes:
- Money given to the victim’s family, either by a judge or jury, which you must use to cover medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, and out-of-pocket expenses.
- In order to collect compensatory damages, the victim’s family must submit receipts from the services/products they paid for. This is the way that compensatory damages are proven within the court system.
- Money given to the victim’s family for the deceased party’s work income. This is the income they would have received if they had not passed away.
- Sometimes work income can be calculated based on projected income for the next few years or decades, dependent upon the victim’s age at the time of death.
- Other compensatory damages can include grief and loss of companionship.
What are punitive damages?
On the other hand, information regarding punitive damages includes:
- The premise of these damages is to punish the responsible party who killed your loved one in order to discourage similar negligent acts in the future.
- Punitive damages are usually enforced in addition to compensatory damages.
- Juries can impose any amount of punitive damages against the responsible party as they see fit.
- The judge has the final decision-making power to ensure that the punitive damages are not too harsh, in which case they can reduce the extent of damages or eliminate them altogether.
We know we cannot bring your loved one back, but we can absolutely help rebuild your life from a legal standpoint. Our attorneys specializing in wrongful death claims proudly serves the Suwanee, GA area and many surrounding cities. We will help you and your family to gain the compensation you deserve.