Wrongful Death: How Are Damages Calculated?

Wrongful Death: How Are Damages Calculated?

Wrongful Death: How Are Damages Calculated?

Losing a loved one is always a devastating experience, and when their death is due to the negligence or misconduct of someone else, the pain can be compounded by anger and a sense of injustice. In legal terms, this is known as wrongful death, and it can give rise to a claim for damages to compensate for the loss suffered by the surviving family members. But how are those damages calculated? 

At Mintz Law Firm, we understand the toll that a wrongful death can take on a family, and we are here to help you seek justice and fair compensation. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys have a proven track record of success in handling wrongful death cases, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. We offer compassionate and personalized representation, and we will be with you every step of the way.

Calculating Wrongful Death Damages: What Factors Are Considered?

It’s important to understand that the laws governing wrongful death vary from state to state, and the available damages and calculation methods can differ accordingly. However, there are some common principles that apply in most cases.

Financial Implications

One of the main factors that will be considered when calculating damages is the financial impact of the death on the surviving family members. This can include a range of expenses and losses, such as funeral and burial costs, medical bills incurred before the person’s death, lost income and benefits, and the value of household services that the deceased would have provided, such as childcare or home maintenance. 

In some cases, these financial losses can be relatively straightforward to calculate based on receipts, invoices, and other documentation. However, in many cases, it may be necessary to engage the services of an attorney to help determine the full extent of the financial impact.

Emotional Damages

Another key element in calculating damages for wrongful death is the non-financial or intangible losses suffered by the surviving family members. These can include emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and the impact on the family’s quality of life. These types of damages can be more difficult to quantify, as they don’t have a clear monetary value. However, experienced attorneys can use various methods to arrive at a reasonable estimate of non-financial losses.

Health Facts of the Deceased

The age, health, and earning capacity of the deceased person can also be significant factors in determining the amount of damages. For example, if the person was young and had a promising career ahead of them, their potential future earnings and contributions to the family may be taken into account. Similarly, if the person had significant health problems or a shortened life expectancy, this may also be factored into the calculation of damages.

The Circumstances That Lead to the Wrongful Death

The circumstances surrounding the wrongful death can also impact the amount of damages that are awarded. If the death was caused by particularly egregious behavior, such as drunk driving or intentional harm, the damages may be greater to reflect the severity of the wrongdoing. On the other hand, if the death was caused by relatively minor negligence, such as a slip-and-fall accident, the damages may be lower.

Ultimately, the calculation of damages in a wrongful death case requires a careful and thorough analysis of all the relevant factors. It’s important to work with an experienced attorney who can help ensure that all losses are calculated, and you recover fair compensation. 

Get the Support You Need From Our Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers at Mintz Law Firm 

Losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct is one of the most painful experiences that a family can endure. At Mintz Law Firm, we understand the emotional and financial impact that a wrongful death can have on a family, and we are committed to helping you seek justice and compensation for your losses.

We know that no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, but we believe that holding the responsible parties accountable can help bring closure and a sense of justice to your family. Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and compassion to guide you through this difficult process and to fight for your rights every step of the way. Let us help you seek the justice and closure that you deserve. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation by completing our contact form or calling (303) 462-2999.

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