What can be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

by David Peel on February 5, 2014

What can be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?Death is a part of life, but, unfortunately, it does not always happen because of natural causes. Sometimes it is the result of an accident or someone else’s negligence. When a person is wrongfully killed, his family can sue to recover damages. Because of this, it is important to know what kinds of damages are permitted in a wrongful death case.

Medical, hospital, and funeral and burial expenses are damages that can be awarded in wrongful death cases. These expenses had to be paid by the deceased or his family as a result of the defendant’s negligence. It is money that would not have been spent on these things if the defendant had acted like a reasonable person. Because of this, the deceased’s family may be entitled to recover these expenses.

Damages may also be awarded for the deceased’s pain and suffering. This allows the jury to award money damages for any period of consciousness between the time the injury occurred and when the deceased died. Unlike other types of damages, there is no way to prove how much money the deceased should get for pain and suffering. Instead, this is at the jury’s discretion.

And, damages can be awarded for certain losses by the deceased’s spouse and children. This could include money damages for loss of financial support if the spouse or while were dependent financially on the deceased. It can also include loss of parental training and guidance for children or loss of society and companionship for the spouse.

If you or someone you know is interested in more information, please contact Mr. Peel through Mr. Peel focuses on personal injury. He is also very involved in the Christian community and is often asked to address various groups. He practices in Millington, Tipton County and Memphis, Tennessee. His office is located in Millington, Tennessee.

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